Housing Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Jonathan Reynolds Jonathan Reynolds Labour, Stalybridge and Hyde

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households claiming housing benefit have at least one person in employment.

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

The information requested is not available.

The economic status of all housing benefit (HB) recipients is not available. Information is only available for those HB recipients whose claim is not passported: that is for those who do not receive either income support, jobseeker’s allowance (income-based), employment and support allowance (income-based), or pension credit (guaranteed credit). A small proportion of the passported cases will be in part-time employment.

The available information is shown in the following table.

Housing benefit recipients, non-passported, in employment, Great Britain—March 2012
  All employed
Total 882,890
Notes: 1. The data refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple. 2. Recipients are as at second Thursday of the month. 3. SHBE is a monthly electronic scan of claimant level data direct from local authority computer systems. It replaces quarterly aggregate clerical returns. The data is available monthly from November 2008 and March 2012 is the most recent available. 4. Passported status does not include recipients with unknown passported status. This data refers to people receiving housing benefit not in receipt of a passported benefit and are recorded as being in employment if their local authority has recorded employment income from either the main claimant, or partner of claimant (if applicable), in calculating the housing benefit award. People receiving passported benefits who are working part-time cannot be identified and are therefore not included in this analysis. 5. Case load is rounded to the nearest 10; Proportion to one decimal place. Source: Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE).

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