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Housing Benefits

Requested on
Mon 3rd September, 2012
Reference
FOI 2281
Resolution
Information provided

Question

I would like to request information about Housing Benefit payments for the month of May 2012 paid to private rented sector landlords (i.e. not housing associations or social housing - based on the distinction used in DWP statistics).

For that month I would like to know:
- How many recipients there are of Housing Benefit in the private rented sector in your council area.
- The total cost of payments each week of Housing Benefit to the private rented sector.

I would like to know details of the five private sector landlords to whom the greatest number of housing benefit payments are made by your council. For them I would like to know:

- The name of the company/individual landlord.
- How many of their tenants were recipients of housing benefit from your council in May 2012.
- What the total value of those housing benefits payments were in May 2012.

(If data is now available for May 2012 could you please provide data for the most recent period available (e.g. quarter or year).)

Answer

Following the above information request I am pleased to provide the following information:
For some of the questions below, we are unable to provide the amounts requested for just Private Sector Landlords.  There is no requirement for us to split financial amounts between RSL and the private sector - for benefit purposes they are all rent allowance and are treated individually.

- How many recipients there are of Housing Benefit in the private rented sector in your council area.   3989
- The total cost of payments each week of Housing Benefit to the private rented sector. £1,680,618.57 incl RSL for whole of May

I would like to know details of the five private sector landlords to whom the greatest number of housing benefit payments are made by your council.
- The name of the company/individual landlord.

The table below shows a list of the 5 Private Sector landlords who received the greatest number of housing benefits payments in May 2012.  Two of the named landlords are individuals rather than a company and these names have been redacted under section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act.
Section 40 of the Act provides an exemption for personal information and provides for the requirements of the Data Protection Act to be applied.  Personal information about third parties is therefore exempt from disclosure if disclosure would contravene one of the eight data protection principles.  These include the right for personal information to be processed fairly including having regard for the expectation of data subjects that personal information about them would be disclosed.  The information requested relates to personal arrangements which the two individuals concerned would not reasonably expect to be disclosed.  It would therefore be unfair and in contravention of the first data protection principle to disclose this information.  Section 40 provides an absolute exemption and no test of the public interest is required.


Landlord
 Number of Tenants receiving HB
 Total Rent paid in May 2012
 
Roy Green Properties
 16
 £5,663.61
 
Redacted under Section 40
 10
 £2,501.24
 
Redacted under Section 40
 9
 £2,769.62
 
Freckletons Estate Agents
 9
 £2,347.03
 
Hamlets Lettings
 4
 £1,468.00
 
- How many of their tenants were recipients of housing benefit from your council in May 2012.  - as above
- What the total value of those housing benefits payments were in May 2012. £1,680,618.57 incl RSL for whole of May - no individual splits are available

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