Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th November 2014.

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Photo of Andrew George Andrew George Liberal Democrat, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2014 to Question 211139, if he will place in the Library the administrative data (Single Housing Benefit Extract) calculation used to estimate the figure of £1 billion pounds; and what estimate he has made of the cost of exempting from the under-occupancy penalty people who would be exempt for reasons set out in sub-clauses 2(1)(a) to (c) of the Affordable Homes Bill.

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

The calculation of the cost of about £1 billion pounds for the Affordable Homes is solely in relation to Clause 2 (1) (a), (b) and (c). This was estimated using both the administrative data (Single Housing Benefit Extract) and the department’s policy simulation model.

As the estimate was made in this way, it is not possible to place the base data in the Library for this estimate.

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