LHA/HB costs

Pamela Stoneman made this Freedom of Information request to North Lanarkshire Council

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Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

1. How much was spent on Housing Benefit payments for social housing tenancies in financial years:

2010/2011
2011/2012
2012/2013

This should only relate to properties that are or could be affected directly by what is known as the Bedroom Tax. Please do not include figures for the homeless or B&B's in your reply etc.

2. How many households was the Housing Benefit amount in Q1 for? Please quote for each year.

3. How much was spent on Local Housing Allowance payments for private tenancies in financial years:

2010/2011
2011/2012
2012/2013

4. How many households was the Local Housing Allowance amount in Q3 for? Please quote for each year.

Yours faithfully,

Pamela Stoneman

Kirkpatrick Angelene, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Ms Stoneman

I acknowledge receipt of your email which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely

Angelene Kirkpatrick
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street
Motherwell
ML1 1AB

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Kirkpatrick Angelene, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Ms Stoneman

Request for Information

I refer again to your e-mail of 28 September 2013 seeking information in relation to housing benefit payments and local housing allowance payments.

Having investigated, my response to your four questions is as follows:-

(1) The following table sets out the amount spent on housing benefit payments for social housing tenancies in 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13.

Year Council Registered Social Landlords
Total
2010/11 £59,576,009 £19,224,018 £78,800,027
2011/12 £59,918,265 £20,335,798 £80,254,063
2012/13 £60,263,376 £21,241,212 £81,504,588

(2) The following table sets out the number of households who received housing benefits payments in question (1).

Year Council Registered Social Landlords
Total
2010/11 £23,189 £5,665 £28,854
2011/12 £22,993 £5,782 £28,775
2012/13 £22,845 £5,797 £28,642

(3) The following table sets out the amount spent on local housing allowance payments for private tenancies in 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13.

Year Amount
2010/11 £17,369,823
2011/12 £20,500,549
2012/13 £22,030,664

(4) The following table sets out the number of households who received the local housing allowance payments in question (3).

Year Number of households
2010/11 4,443
2011/12 4,948
2012/13 5,495

I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose. If, however, you require further information - or I can assist in any other way - please let me know.

Yours sincerely

Angelene Kirkpatrick
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street
Motherwell
ML1 1AB

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