HC Deb 01 April 1981 vol 2 cc127-8W
51. Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what calculation his Department has made of the number of tenants who will be better off when the new unified housing benefit is introduced.

Mr. Stanley

Under the proposals for a new scheme of housing benefits, outlined in the consultative document issued on 17 March, it is estimated that something in the order of 570,000 tenants would be better off than under the existing schemes. This represents the 380,000 local authority tenants and the 90,000 private tenants referred to in annex C of the consultative document, together with a further estimated 100,000 tenants in receipt of supplementary benefit from within the estimated total of 133,000 supplementary benefit recipients referred to in annex D.