HC Deb 26 April 1994 vol 242 c127W
Mrs. Fyfe

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people in Scotland are on housing benefit; and what is the total annual cost.

Mr. Hague

At the end of November 1993 there were approximately 550,000 live claims to housing benefit in Scotland. The estimated total annual cost for 1993–94 was £706 million.

Data Sources: The Housing Benefit Management Information System quarterly caseload count November 1993 and the 1994 Departmental Report.



  1. 1. The figures are for benefit units, which may be a couple or a single person, and have been rounded to the nearest one thousand. Estimates for non-responding local authorities are included.
  2. 2. The information is recorded at one particular point and does not take account of claims which start and end between the quarterly reporting periods.