Housing benefit element

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Dear Babergh District Council,

How many people have their housing benefit paid directly to their landlord? In last year?
What is the Council criteria for having the housing benefit element paid directly to a landlord? Eg private tenant

Yours faithfully,

John Brown

BMSDC Data Protection,

Dear Sir,

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BMSDC Data Protection,

Dear Sir,

We refer to your recent request for information.

Request:

How many people have their housing benefit paid directly to their landlord? In last year?
What is the Council criteria for having the housing benefit element paid directly to a landlord? Eg private tenant

Response:

How many people have their housing benefit paid directly to their landlord? In last year?
Private Tenants 907
Council Tenants 1759

What is the Council criteria for having the housing benefit element paid directly to a landlord? Eg private tenant
Private Tenants - Payments are paid direct to the landlord if claimant asks for this, or if the landlord advises that the claimant is >8 weeks in rental arrears.
Council Tenants - mandatory to pay payments direct to the rent account.

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Data Protection
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Email: [email address]
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