Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total amount of housing benefit wrongly withheld from people under the removal of the spare room subsidy whose eligible rent should have been determined in accordance with regulations 12 and 13 as set out in paragraph 5 of Schedule 3 to the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2006; and what estimate he has made of the average loss for each household affected.

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 or the average loss this represents for each household.

It is estimated the numbers affected are likely to be fewer than 5,000 nationally.

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Wendy Priestley
Posted on 17 Jan 2014 12:57 am (Report this annotation)

It is unacceptable that the DWP is making such sweeping changes to welfare while making so little effort to understand or properly analyse and monitor the effects of the changes. It has a public duty to ensure that it is in a position to properly and honestly assess the success or otherwise of its policies - and to fully face the consequences of its own actions.