§ Jeremy Corbyn
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average level of rent paid through housing benefit to private sector tenants in Islington was in each of the past three years; and what the average rent charged to the tenants concerned was. 
§ Malcolm Wicks
[holding answer 22 October 2002]: The table shows the average weekly Housing Benefit payment and the average rent eligible for Housing Benefit for tenants living in the deregulated private sector, in the London Borough of Islington, at May 2000, 2001 and 2002. There is no directly comparable information about the actual rents paid by tenants.
£ Average weekly amount of Housing Benefit paid Average weekly eligible rent May 2000 93.00 95.80 May 2001 101.80 105.60 May 2002 112.70 117.10
- 1. The data refer to households claiming Housing Benefit, which may be a single person, a couple or a family. More than benefit household can live in one property, for example two or more adults in a flat or house share arrangement.
- 2.The eligible rent is the amount of rent which may be met by Housing Benefit after any restrictions applied by the rent officer, taking account of the cost of suitable accommodation in the area.
- 3. Figures include cases where Housing Benefit is paid at the reduced rate due to the tenant's income.
- 4. Figures exclude any extended payment cases.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly 100 per cent. sample inquiries taken in May 2000, 2001 and 2002.