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FOI 12096

Discretionary housing payment data

Request

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from Brentwood Borough Council:

1.
The number of Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) applications in 2014/15 made by household type:
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Household type broken down by: Single, single parent, couple parent, pensioner and other household types; if this isn’t possible, then by: Single parent and other household types

2.
The number of DHP awards in 2014/15 by both household type and welfare reforms for which DHPs were awarded (cross-tabulation):
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Household type broken down as per categories in (1)

Welfare reforms broken down as per DHP monitoring returns (Benefit cap, removal of the spare room subsidy, local housing allowance reforms, combination of welfare reforms, award not for welfare reforms)

If it is not possible to break down awards by both household type and welfare reform, please provide the number of awards by household type only

3.
The amount spent on DHP awards in 2014/15 by both household type and welfare reforms for which DHPs were awarded (cross-tabulation):

Household type and welfare reforms broken down as per categories in (2)
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If it is not possible to break down awards by both household type and welfare reform, please provide the amount of awards by household type only

4.
The number of DHP awards in 2014/15 by both household type and the purpose of DHPs (cross-tabulation):

Household type broken down as per categories in (1)
 
Purpose of DHPs broken down as per DHP monitoring returns:

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To help secure and move to alternative accommodation

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To help with short-term rental costs while the claimant secures and moves to alternative accommodation

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To help with short-term rental costs while the claimant seeks employment

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To help with ongoing rental costs for disabled person in adapted accommodation

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To help with ongoing rental costs for a foster carer

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To help with ongoing rental costs for any other reason

5.
The amount spent on DHP awards in 2014/15 by both household type and the purpose of DHPs (cross-tabulation):


Household type and purpose of DHPs broken down as per the categories in (4)

Response

1.
The number of Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) applications in 2014/15 made by household type:
243 applications - breakdown of household type not available

Household type broken down by: Single, single parent, couple parent, pensioner and other household types; if this isn't possible, then by: Single parent and other household types

Information not available

2.
The number of DHP awards in 2014/15 by both household type and welfare reforms for which DHPs were awarded (cross-tabulation):
Household type not available
Ben Cap: 5
LHA Restrictions: 74
Removal of spare room subsidy: 51
Combination of reforms: 2

Household type broken down as per categories in (1)
Information not available


Welfare reforms broken down as per DHP monitoring returns (Benefit cap, removal of the spare room subsidy, local housing allowance reforms, combination of welfare reforms, award not for welfare reforms)
Number of claims not available
Bencap: £4160.72
RSRS: £19352.86
LHA Reform: £43468.63
Combination:£573.25
Other (non welfare reform): £19729.56
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If it is not possible to break down awards by both household type and welfare reform, please provide the number of awards by household type only
Information not available

3.
The amount spent on DHP awards in 2014/15 by both household type and welfare reforms for which DHPs were awarded (cross-tabulation):
Total amount spent:£85180.30
Breakdown by household not available
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Household type and welfare reforms broken down as per categories in (2)
Not available
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If it is not possible to break down awards by both household type and welfare reform, please provide the amount of awards by household type only
Not available

4.
The number of DHP awards in 2014/15 by both household type and the purpose of DHPs (cross-tabulation):

Total number of DHP awards: approx 169
Household breakdown not available


Household type broken down as per categories in (1)

Not available
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Purpose of DHPs broken down as per DHP monitoring returns:
See above

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To help secure and move to alternative accommodation
1

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To help with short-term rental costs while the claimant secures and moves to alternative accommodation
62

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To help with short-term rental costs while the claimant seeks employment
60

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To help with ongoing rental costs for disabled person in adapted accommodation
12

§
To help with ongoing rental costs for a foster carer
none
§
To help with ongoing rental costs for any other reason
38
5.
The amount spent on DHP awards in 2014/15 by both household type and the purpose of DHPs (cross-tabulation):
See above

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Household type and purpose of DHPs broken down as per the categories in (4)
See above

Please provide the information in a Microsoft Excel file.