Housing Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th March 2012.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people's local housing allowance was paid direct to their landlord in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) London in the latest period for which figures are available.

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

The information is in the following table:

Housing benefit claimants subject to local housing allowance, November 2011
  London London borough of Bexley
Housing benefit claimants subject to local housing allowance 218,320 4,160
Of which paid to landlord 49,520 990
Notes: 1. The figures refer to benefit units which may be a single person or a couple. 2. The figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. 3. SHBE is a monthly electronic scan of claimant level data direct from local authority computer systems. Over time this will improve the accuracy, timeliness and level, of detail available in the published statistics, as the information supplied is quality assured. Source: Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE)

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