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Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL13108, tabled on 24 January 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they paid in housing benefit to private sector landlords in each year from 2010 to the last year for which figures are available.

Answered on

28 January 2019

The available information is in the tables below.

Housing Benefit paid for private rented sector accommodation, split by payment destination (£millions, real terms, 2018/19 prices)

Financial Year

Total Housing Benefit paid for private tenants

Of which paid to the landlord

Of which paid to the claimant

2010/11

£9,880

-

-

2011/12

£10,370

-

-

2012/13

£10,220

-

-

2013/14

£10,040

£3,100

£6,940

2014/15

£9,730

£3,020

£6,710

2015/16

£9,310

£2,870

£6,450

2016/17

£8,600

£2,630

£5,970

2017/18

£7,850

£2,400

£5,450

Source: DWP Stat-x-plore and Benefit Expenditure tables

Notes:

  1. Payment destination was unknown in around 1% of cases. This expenditure was assumed to be split between landlords and their tenants in the same proportion as the rest.
  2. Payment destination statistics for financial years before 2013/2014 are not available.
  3. Figures have been rounded to the nearest £10m and may not sum to totals due to rounding.
  4. Figures cover only Housing Benefit and do not include housing support paid through Universal Credit.