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Dear Dorset 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

Freedom of Information, Dorset Council

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Dear Mr Brown,

 

Information Request – reference no. DC1489

 

Thank you for your information request dated 3^rd February, which has been
dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

Please note: Dorset Council was created from 1^st April 2019 covering the
areas/services of the following former councils – Dorset County Council,
East Dorset District Council, Dorset Councils Partnership (made up of
North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth &
Portland Borough Council) and Purbeck District Council.

 

Our response to your request is below and comprises the information
provided by the two revenues and benefits partnerships which cover the
Dorset Council area. These are the Westwey Revenues and Benefits
Partnership (covering the Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland
areas) and the Stour Valley and Poole Partnership (covering the East
Dorset and North Dorset areas). This means that you will not receive
separate responses from the former councils.

 

Our answers to your questions are as follows:

 

How many people have their housing benefit paid directly to their
landlord? In last year?

Across the former Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland areas 6,611
people had their Housing Benefit (HB) paid directly to their landlord.

 

Across East Dorset 1,834 people had their HB paid directly to their
landlord, and across North Dorset 1,956 people had their HB paid directly
to their landlord.

 

What is the Council criteria for having the housing benefit element paid
directly to a landlord? Eg private tenant

The criteria for payments direct to the landlord can be found by following
the link on our website below:

[1]https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/benefit...

 

The Council follows the HB Regulations in determining the payee for each
individual claim.

 

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