HC Deb 11 February 1999 vol 325 cc385-6W
Miss McIntosh

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what representations he has received about allegations concerning the claiming of UK housing benefit by non-EU citizens residing in EU member states; and if he will make a statement. [70426]

Angela Eagle

We have received no representations. Housing Benefit is available to help people living in Great Britain meet the rent liability on the dwelling they occupy as their home, provided they satisfy the other conditions of entitlement for that benefit.

Mr. Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will estimate the number of people in families with someone in full-time work receiving amounts of housing benefit of less than(a) £10 per week, (b) £15 per week, and (c) £20 per week. [70627]

Angela Eagle

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the table.

The number of people in families in Great Britain in receipt of housing benefit but not Income Support nor income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, and where either the claimant or partner has earnings
Housing Benefit (per week) Number1
Less than £10 89,000
Less than £15 165,000
Less than £20 242,000
1 Number rounded to the nearest thousand.


  1. 1. It has been assumed that families means lone parents or couples with dependant children.
  2. 2. Information on the number of hours worked is not collected, so it is not possible to distinguish between full-time and part-time work.


Housing Benefit Management Information System, annual 1 per cent. sample inquiry without Income Support, taken at the end of May 1997.