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Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit statistics

Statistics on Housing Benefit including the numbers receiving it and the amount received. Includes Council Tax Benefit data to 2013.

We publish Housing Benefit (HB) statistics on this page and on:

Find further breakdowns of these statistics in Stat-Xplore our online tool for exploring some of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) main statistics. Use Stat-Xplore to create your own tables and charts.

The August 2018 publication of Housing Benefit data on Stat-Xplore will include the new DWP methodology for assigning geographies. Geography breakdowns for residential Housing Benefit claimants will be based on 2011 Census Output Areas rather than 2001 for data from April 2018. This is in line with a broader move to refresh the geographical breakdowns in DWP statistical products.

There is contact information and more about DWP statistics on the Statistics at DWP page.

HB caseload

Following the release of caseload statistics in August (with data to May 2018) the data will no longer be published in spreadsheet format. The data will still be available via Stat-Xplore.

  1. Housing Benefit caseload statistics

HB flows data

These statistics record the number of people beginning and ending HB claims.

DWP publish historic and forecast benefit expenditure and caseload data which is usually consistent with the annual Budget and Autumn Statement.

HB and CTB summary statistics to 2013

Council Tax Benefit (CTB) was abolished in April 2013 and replaced by a system of localised support. In England, the Department for Communities and Local Government is now responsible for these statistics. The Scottish and Welsh Governments have similar responsibility. The statistics shown here provide the final numbers relating to Council Tax Benefit.

  1. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: February 2013
  2. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: January 2013
  3. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: December 2012
  4. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: November 2012
  5. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: October 2012
  6. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: September 2012
  7. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: August 2012
  8. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: May 2012
  9. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: April 2012
  10. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: March 2012
  11. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: February 2012
  12. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: January 2012
  13. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: December 2011
  14. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: November 2011
  15. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: October 2011
  16. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: September 2011
  17. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: August 2011
  18. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: July 2011
  19. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: June 2011
  20. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: May 2011
  21. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: April 2011
  22. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: March 2011
  23. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: February 2011
  24. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: January 2011
  25. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: December 2010
  26. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: November 2010
  27. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: October 2010
  28. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: September 2010
  29. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: August 2010
  30. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: July 2010
  31. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: June 2010
  32. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit summary statistics: May 2010
Published 15 May 2013
Last updated 14 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Note added about the August 2018 publication of Housing Benefit data on Stat-Xplore. This will include the new methodology for assigning geography breakdowns for residential Housing Benefit claimants.
  2. Updated to show that the Experimental Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows data now cover the period November 2008 to November 2013.
  3. National statistics relating to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit flows updated to include data to August 2013.
  4. First published.