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Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Joan Walley Joan Walley Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people subject to the under-occupancy penalty who have moved into a smaller home since the introduction of that penalty.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

The last published figures for May 2014 showed that, as a result of various actions, the number of people affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy had fallen by 65,000 over the last year.

Analysis of off-flows indicated that up to December 2013, around 22,000 people had downsized or moved.

New figures are not yet available and will be published in due course.

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