House of Lords
Written Questions

Asked by Baroness King of Bow

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many housing benefit or local housing allowance claimants in Tower Hamlets were in private rented sector accommodation in each year since 2001.[HL344]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): The information requested is given in the table.

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Housing Benefit recipients in Tower Hamlets Local Authority (LA) in the Private Rented Sector, 2001 to 2012
  All Housing Benefit recipients in Tower Hamlets LA Housing Benefit recipients in the Private Rented Sector4

  August 2001






  August 2002






  August 2003






  August 2004






  August 2005






  August 2006






  August 2007






  August 2008






  August 2009






  August 2010






  August 2011






  February 2012





Source. Quarterly aggregate clerical returns: 2001 to 2007; Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE), 2008 onwards.


1. Data from August 2008 onwards are derived from the new Single Housing Benefit Extract (SHBE) which is a monthly electronic scan of claimants level data direct from local authority computer systems, whereas earlier years are derived from quarterly aggregate returns. The latest available data are at February 2012.

2. Figures from the two sources may not be directly comparable: the introduction of SHBE has improved the accuracy of HB/CTB statistics as it is based on individual claimant records rather than summary statistics, has a higher completion rate from Local Authorities leading to less estimation of missing data, and is subject to more thorough quality assurance.

3. " . " Figures for August 2008 are not available.

4. Local Housing Allowance was introduced in the deregulated private sector from April 2008. Data for the period 2001 to 2007 are non-LA tenants excluding Registered Social Landlords (RSL).

5. Data are rounded to nearest 10. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

6. Data for 2008 onwards are published at:


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