Only five families claiming £100,000 in housing benefit
Over 80% of every housing benefit (HB) claim is for less than £100 per week - with only five families claiming £100,000 a year towards housing costs - according to figures from the Department for Work and Pensions.
The figures, obtained from a Freedom of Information request from Full Fact, aim to challenge claims that high-cost families are forcing councils to relocate families to other areas.
Based on the results, families claiming £100,000 a year account for only 0.001% of the total. Full Fact said that while there is some evidence to suggest a small number of HB claimants are receiving more than £100,00 a year, these claims tend to come from larger families.
The fact-checking organisation stated: ‘While the evidence suggests that there are a small number of Housing Benefit claimants who pocket more than £100,000 per year - perhaps around five - these cases are very much the exception rather than the rule.
‘Focusing exclusively on these outliers without first putting them into context, where over 80% of claims are below £100 per week, could distort the debate around this important topic.’