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Moves by housing benefit claimants

Key points

  • Most private renting housing benefit claimants that move home remain within their borough.
  • At around 3,000 a year, the number of private renting housing benefit claimants moving from within London to outside London is relatively small compared to the total caseload of 270,000.
  • The number of private renting housing benefit claimants in London that moved home has fallen between 2011 and 2014. This trend has happened across the country.

Moves of private renting housing benefit claimants from London

What does this graph show?

Table shows the number of households claiming housing benefit in the private rented sector in London that moved to another private rented home in 2011 and in 2014.

It shows that most of those who move home remain within their borough. The number moving from within London to outside London is relatively small at around 3,000 a year (2,300 moving from Outer London and 800 from Inner London) compared to the total number of private renting housing benefit claimants in London which was 270,000 at the start of 2015.

It also shows that there has been a fall in moves overall between 2011 and 2014. This has happened across the country - private rented housing benefit claimants are much less likely to move than previously. This could be because housing benefit changes have cut the supply of better alternatives so more households are staying put. Of those who do move, the proportion moving to outside London is largely unchanged. This suggests that despite benefit cuts and high housing costs, low-income families are staying within London.

Data used

Moves of Housing Benefit claimants, DWP via Freedom of Information request ref no. 2253/2015.

Indicator last updated: 20 October 2015