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Housing Benefit: East Lothian

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Fiona O'Donnell Fiona O'Donnell Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of under-25-year-olds in receipt of housing benefit in East Lothian constituency.

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

Information is not readily available for housing benefit recipients aged under 25 at parliamentary constituency level, and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

A one-off exercise was carried out on the January 2011 data to provide a parliamentary constituency breakdown. This exercise consisted of validating postcodes and partial postcodes, using them to allocate cases to the appropriate parliamentary constituency using the revised Office for National Statistics coding system, then resolving cases with missing or invalid postcodes. The results were published on the Department's website at:

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/hb_ctb/hb_ctb_parlc_jan11.xls

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