“Substantial increase in in-work households claiming Housing Benefit”

A new research report suggests the number of working households claiming HB is rising rapidly.

The report (based on nalysis of latest 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 accounted for almost all (93 per cent) of the increase in the number of claimants during 2010 and 2011


  • In December 2011 almost one in four households who rented their accommodation and were in employment received Housing Benefit


The full report is available here: