HC Deb 04 July 1994 vol 246 c53W
26. Ms Janet Anderson

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to reform the present system of housing benefit.

Mr. Hague

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given earlier today to my hon. Friend the Member for Stratford-on-Avon (Mr. Howarth).

Ms Hodge

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are the total number and proportion of council tenants receiving housing benefit in(a) the London borough of Barking and Dagenham, (b) the London borough of Redbridge, (c) the Greater London area and (d) Great Britain.

Mr. Hague

[holding answer 28 June 1994]: The latest available information is in the table.

Area Number of council tenancies 1Housing benefit rent rebate caseload Percentage of council tenancies with housing benefit
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham 25,624 14,382 56
London Borough of Redbridge 8,340 6,744 81
Greater London 657,096 2423,173 64
Great Britain 34,581,171 22,994,184 65
1Refers to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.
2Includes estimates for non-responding authorities.
3The total for Great Britain contains estimates for individual English authorities, and estimates of the totals for Wales and Scotland.

Data sources: The 28 May 1993 Housing Benefit Management Information System Quarterly caseload count. The 1 April 1993 Department of the Environment and Welsh Office counts of tenancies. The 31 March 1993 Scottish Office count of tenancies.