Use of discretionary housing payments GB: analysis of mid-year returns from local authorities: April - September 2014

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Great Britain. Department for Work and Pensions.
Date of publication
1 December 2014
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Housing and Homelessness
Social welfare
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Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) are awards that can be made by local authorities to Housing Benefit claimants who are experiencing financial difficulty with housing costs.

This publication provides analysis of the use of DHPs including: DHP expenditure compared with full year allocation (for England, Wales, Scotland, GB and GB excluding Scotland); DHP expenditure distribution across local authorities; and proportion of DHP expenditure for different welfare reform measures (for GB and GB excluding Scotland).

The main findings are:

  • In 2014/15, the central government contributed £165 million to DHP funding.
  • Of those LAs that submitted returns, the majority have reported spending less than 50% of their central government allocation of DHP funding (GB: 52% of LAs, GB excl. Scotland: 57%).
  • Of those LAs who submitted monitoring returns, GB excluding Scotland has spent around 52% of its full year central government allocation and 65% when including Scottish LAs.

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