Number of HB claimants in work “soars”

National Housing Federation (NHF) research show that middle-income households earning between £20,000 and £30,000 a year accounted for two-thirds of all new housing benefit claims during the past six years.

In the report, ‘Broken Market, Broken Dreams’, it showed the proportion of households having to claim in work housing benefit has doubled since 2008. The federation predicts this figure could rise to one in three in the next five years.

Between November 2008 and May 2014, 570,000 new households claiming housing benefit were also in work, the equivalent of almost 300 households per day. That increase in working claimants accounted for more than three-quarters (79%) of new housing benefit claims made over that time.