This research analyses the growth of Housing Benefit claimants numbers in Great Britain in 2010 and 2011. Particular attention is paid to the rapid growth in the number of in-work Housing Benefit claimants.
Analysis of figures from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) indicates that:
- The number of Housing Benefit claimants reached a new high of 4.95 million in December 2011
- In-work households account for almost all (93 per cent) of the increase in the number of claimants in 2010 and 2011
- In December 2011 almost one in four households who rented their accommodation and were in employment received Housing Benefit
The growing number of in-work Housing Benefit claimants will have a considerable impact on government policy. In 2011 the number of additional in-work claimants is likely to have increased overall Housing Benefit expenditure by £490 million.
The research also provides a brief review of the factors that could be leading to a change in the financial position of these households which means that they are claiming Housing Benefit to help cover their housing costs.
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