Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Labour, Wentworth and Dearne

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the publication of Housing Benefit bulletin U1/2014: removal of the spare room subsidy on 9 January 2014, what assessment he has made of the number of people who have wrongfully had their housing benefit reduced.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department does not hold all the detailed information needed to make a precise estimate of the numbers affected. On the information currently available, we estimate the numbers affected are likely to be fewer than 5,000, but there is considerable uncertainty around this estimate.

It is for local authorities to administer housing benefit. In due course they may have a clearer picture as to the numbers affected.

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