Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd June 2015.

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Photo of Karin Smyth Karin Smyth Labour, Bristol South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what change there has been in the number of working private renters claiming housing benefit since 2009-10.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The number of working private renters claiming HB since 2010 has increased by 225,000 as the economy has continued to grow and people move from out of work benefits into employment. Evidence suggests that around a third of those who claim in-work HB cease to claim HB within twelve months.

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