Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th May 2022.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Future of Work), Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much revenue the spare room subsidy has accrued since its introduction.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The RSRS is not a revenue but a reduction in benefits to encourage movement of claimants over-occupying a property into a property of a suitable size.

Between its introduction in April 2013 and March 2021, reductions in Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Housing Element from the RSRS totalled £2.8 billion.

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