This briefing examines the reasons and factors behind the recent growth in Housing Benefit expenditure in the private rented sector.
20 August 2016
- The number of private renters in receipt of Housing Benefit has increased by 42% in the last seven years.
- Today, one in three (32%) Housing Benefit recipients are private renters.
- Almost half (47%) of all private rented households in receipt of Housing Benefit are in work.
- Housing Benefit awards in the private rented sector are 23% higher than in the social rented sector.
- An average private rented household receives ~£1,000 more over the course of a year than a social rented household, rising to £3,300 in London. In total this means an additional spend of ~£1.5bn per year.
- Private renters not only receive higher levels of Housing Benefit, they also live in homes that are of lower quality than social rented homes.