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 number of people who have lost housing benefit under the removal of the spare room subsidy but should not have done so, due to their eligible rent not having been determined in accordance with regulations 12 and 13 as set in paragraph 5 of Schedule 3 to the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2006; and of those, how many have left their homes.

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.

Information is not available regarding those who may be affected and who have moved house.

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