Busted? Despite some of the headlines, the reality for housing benefit recipients is actually very different. An increasing number of working people are having to clam housing benefits to keep up with the rent. According to the 2013-14 English Housing Survey, almost twice the proportion of working households received housing benefit in 2013-14 than in 2008-09.
In 2008-09, 19% of social renters in work received Housing Benefit, increasing to 32% in 2013-14. For working households in the private rented sector the proportion increased from 7% to 14% over the same period.