DHP Spending And Applications 2016 - 2017

Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Reference
2017070427000158
Category
Request Date
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Response Date
Friday, July 21, 2017

Question

1. What was the council's total DHP budget (spent and unspent) for the 2016-2017 financial year?

2. What percentage of the council's total DHP funding for 2016-2017 was paid out in awards?

3. Did your council exceed its government Discretionary Housing Payment allocation in the 2016-2017 financial year?

4. If Yes, did your council top up its government allocation?

5. Did your council have any unspent DHP budget at the end of the 2016-2017 year? If Yes, how much?

6. How many applications for Discretionary Housing Payments were made to your council by eligible applicants in the 2016-2017 financial year?

(By “eligible applicants,” I mean DHP applicants who were in receipt of housing benefit or Universal Credit housing costs at the time of their applications and who applied for a Discretionary Housing Payment for help with housing payment problems that DHPs can be used to cover (for example, the bedroom tax, rent shortfall due to LHA caps, rent in advance and tenancy deposit assistance, etc).

7. How many of those applications were rejected/unsuccessful?

8. What were the three main reasons that eligible DHP applicants had their DHP applications turned down in the 2016-2017 financial year?

9. Does your council apply conditions to DHP awards (for example, must people agree to participate in debt advice/debt management sessions or training or other help in order to secure a DHP?)

10. If the answer to Q9 is Yes, what conditions apply?

11. Does your council restrict the number of DHP awards an applicant can receive?

Answer

  1. What was the council's total DHP budget (spent and unspent) for the 2016-2017 financial year?

267605 (2.5 x DWP contribution) spent £146730.68

 

  1. What percentage of the council's total DHP funding for 2016-2017 was paid out in awards?

100%

 

  1. Did your council exceed its government Discretionary Housing Payment allocation in the 2016-2017 financial year?

Yes we exceeded the DWP allocation

 

  1. If Yes, did your council top up its government allocation?

Yes

 

  1. Did your council have any unspent DHP budget at the end of the 2016-2017 year? If Yes, how much?

See question 1

 

  1. How many applications for Discretionary Housing Payments were made to your council by eligible applicants in the 2016-2017 financial year?

599

 

(By “eligible applicants,” I mean DHP applicants who were in receipt of housing benefit or Universal Credit housing costs at the time of their applications and who applied for a Discretionary Housing Payment for help with housing payment problems that DHPs can be used to cover (for example, the bedroom tax, rent shortfall due to LHA caps, rent in advance and tenancy deposit assistance, etc).

 

  1. How many of those applications were rejected/unsuccessful?

24

 

  1. What were the three main reasons that eligible DHP applicants had their DHP applications turned down in the 2016-2017 financial year?

Not eligible for Housing Benefit, disposable income exceeds rent shortfall, repeat applications where was awarded short term to allow time to get affordable accommodation

 

  1. Does your council apply conditions to DHP awards (for example, must people agree to participate in debt advice/debt management sessions or training or other help in order to secure a DHP?)

There are no conditions applied to Spare Room subsidy cases. All other cases are looked at on their income vs expenditure and the policy on length of award.

 

  1. If the answer to Q9 is Yes, what conditions apply?

 

  1. Does your council restrict the number of DHP awards an applicant can receive?

No