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FOI 13578

Discretionary Housing Payments

Request

1. What is the total discretionary housing payment budget available to
the council for 2014/2015 financial year [include, and specify, any
additional funds granted]?


2. What is the total discretionary housing payment budget available to
the council for 2015/2016 financial year [include, and specify, any
additional funds granted]?

 
3. What is the total discretionary housing payment budget available to
the council for 2016/2017 financial year [include, and specify, any
additional funds granted]?

 
4. Did your council exceed its government Discretionary Housing Payment
allocation in the 2015/2016 financial year? If so, by how much? 


5. Did your council exceed its government Discretionary Housing Payment
allocation in the 2014/2015 financial year? If so, by how much? 

6. How many applications for the Discretionary Housing Payment in
2014/2015 and 2015/2016 were successful because of the benefit cap?

 
7. How many households have you predicted will be affected by the new
lower benefit cap which started to be rolled out in November 2016 and will
finish being implemented in 2017?

Response

1.What is the total discretionary housing payment budget available to the council for 2014/2015 financial year [include, and specify, any additional funds granted]? £87,617.00

 2. What is the total discretionary housing payment budget available to the council for 2015/2016 financial year [include, and specify, any additional funds granted]? £58,426.00

 3.  What is the total discretionary housing payment budget available to the council for 2016/2017 financial year [include, and specify, any additional funds granted]?  £66,315.00

 4. Did your council exceed its government Discretionary Housing Payment allocation in the 2015/2016 financial year? If so, by how much?  No

 5. Did your council exceed its government Discretionary Housing Payment allocation in the 2014/2015 financial year? If so, by how much?  No

 6. How many applications for the Discretionary Housing Payment in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 were successful because of the benefit cap? 2014/15 = 244 applications, 171 successful.  (Cannot break this down into specific benefit cap cases),  2015/16 = 121 applications, 68 successful (cannot break this down into specific benefit cap cases) 

 7. How many households have you predicted will be affected by the new lower benefit cap which started to be rolled out in November 2016 and will finish being implemented in 2017?  Roughly 47 households will be affected by the benefit cap so far from November 2016.