Dear Bury Metropolitan Borough 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

Customer Contact Team, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

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Lynda Smith | Bury Council | Customer Support & Collections | Admin Team Leader

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Hi
I have been asked to forward the reply to your FOI request. Please see below :

How many people have their housing benefit paid directly to their landlord? In last year?
= 2971 (Includes non LHA private tenancies, Housing Associations and Local Housing Allowance) What is the Council criteria for having the housing benefit element paid directly to a landlord? Eg private tenant = only applies to HB cases on LHA as non LHA and Housing Association can have HB paid to landlord directly without restriction.
For LHA cases, direct payments to landlords are for cases over 8 weeks in arrears, reviewed every 6 - 12 months.
Vulnerable tenants (people with mental health/disability or being unable to manage their own financial affairs, reviewed every 12 months)

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Lynda Smith | Bury Council | Customer Support & Collections | Admin Team Leader

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