Private Rented Housing: Rents

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate in what proportion of broad market rental areas (a) a couple with children, (b) a single parent with three children and three bedrooms and (c) other families in households subject to the benefit cap at (i) £26,000 and (ii) £23,000 per year can afford average private sector rent.

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

It is estimated around 86% of broad market rental areas in Great Britain are currently affordable for a single parent with three children and three bedrooms who are subject to the benefit cap at £26,000 per year. Affordability for (a) a couple with children and (c) other families in households subject to the benefit cap would depend on the number of children and the number of bedrooms the household has.

No households are subject to a £23,000 benefit cap.

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