Housing Benefit

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of tenants in receipt of housing benefit in properties in the private rented sector with an energy efficiency rating of (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E, (f) F and (g) G.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the amount of housing benefit paid to properties in the private rented sector with an energy efficiency rating of (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E, (d) F and (g) G.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the number of tenants in receipt of housing benefit in properties in the private rented sector with an energy efficiency rating of (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E, (d) F and (g) G.

Photo of Stephen Williams Stephen Williams The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The table below provides our estimates of the breakdown of the housing stock in 2012-13:

A or B

C

D

E

F

G

Private rented sector on housing benefit

0.5%

15.2%

49.5%

26.5%

6.6%

1.7%

All private rented sector

1.0%

18.9%

46.2%

24.5%

7.0%

2.5%

Those on housing benefit are less likely to be in the most energy inefficient housing (F and G), compared to the generality of the private rented sector.

We do not hold figures on housing benefit payments by energy efficiency rating, nor do we hold specific figures on numbers of housing benefit properties by energy efficiency rating.

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