PRS houses more than 1.6m tenants on benefit

More than 1.6 million people who are on housing benefit live in the private rented sector.

The statistic emerged in the answer to a question asked by Labour MP Ian Mearns of the Department for Work and Pensions.

The exact figure is 1,645,730.

That compares with 3,382,870 for the number of people on housing benefit who live in the social rented sector.

More young people on housing benefit, however, are in the private rented sector than the social sector. The number of under-25s in the private sector is 182,120, compared with 94,280 in the social sector.

David Cameron has suggested cutting housing benefit for under-25s, saving almost £2bn a year.

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

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