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Housing Benefit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd June 2020.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Labour, Leeds East

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new claims for housing benefit were made in week since 1 March 2020.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The available information on the number of new claims processed for housing benefit is published quarterly and is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/housing-benefit-and-council-tax-benefit-statistics-on-speed-of-processing--2

The latest statistics were published in April 2020 and provide data to December 2019.

New claims for Housing Benefit can only be made by people over pension age and working age people living in temporary or supported accommodation. Otherwise, if a working age person requires help with their housing costs they must claim Universal Credit.

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