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Housing Benefit: Females

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Jessica Morden Jessica Morden Labour, Newport East

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2011, Official Report, column 396W, on housing benefit: females, how many lone parents receive local housing allowance in Wales; and what proportion of such claimants are female.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The information requested on lone parents in Wales receiving housing benefit paid according to the local housing allowance scheme and the percentage that are female is provided in the following table:

Lone parents
Local housing allowance tenants (LHA) Percentage that are female
Wales 22,030 94.3
Notes: 1. The figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Percentage has been rounded to the nearest decimal place. 3. Housing benefit figures exclude any extended payment cases. An extended payment is a payment that may be received for a further four weeks when they start working full time, work more hours or earn more money. 4. SHBE is a monthly electronic scan of claimant level data direct from local authority computer systems. It replaces quarterly aggregate clerical returns. 5. The data are available monthly from November 2008 and August 2011 is the latest available. 6. For this analysis lone parents are those who are single with child dependant(s). 7. Caseload figure includes less than 1% of cases where gender is not recorded/missing, 8. Local housing allowance was introduced in the Private Deregulated sector from April 2008. The methodology for recording claimants within the statistics as either LHA/non-LHA is under review. Source: Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE) Aug-11

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