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FOI 14604

Discretionary Housing Payments

Request

I am looking to understand more about the use of discretionary housing payments (DHPs) in the year 2016/17. In particular I am interested in information on the number of applications for Discretionary housing Payments (DHPs) received by your local authority, the number of applications for DHPs refused and the lengths of time that DHP awards are made for. I am interested in information for all applicants, and for applicants affected by the benefit cap. The full request is set out below.


For all of the following, we would like to request data for the year 2016/17 (The twelve months between the beginning of April 2016 and the end of March 2017). Please complete all of the fields
that you can.

A All applicants

All DHP applications and awards
1.
The total discretionary housing payment (DHP) budget available to your local authority for the 2016/17 financial year [please include, and specify, any additional funds granted].


2.
The amount spent or committed on DHPs at the end of the year 2016/17.


3.
The number of applications for DHP received by your local authority in the year 2016/17.


4.
The number of applications refused.

Length of time of award
5.
The average length of time a DHP award was given for in 2016/17

Repeat applicants (if recorded)
6.
The number of applications received where the applicant had previously received a DHP from your authority

7.
The number of applications refused where the applicant had previously received a DHP from your authority

B Applicants affected by the benefit cap

DHP applications and awards
8.
The number of applications received from applicants who had their benefits reduced by the household benefit cap

9.
The number of applications refused to applicants who had their benefits reduced by the household benefit cap.

10.The number of applications refused to applicants who had their benefits reduced by the household benefit cap and had previously received a DHP award by your local authority (if
recorded).

Length of time of award for benefit cap affected households
11.The average length of time a DHP awarded to households affected by the benefit cap
was given for in 2016/17

12.The number of DHPs
awarded to households affected by the benefit cap given for the different time periods listed

a. Less than 4 weeks (includes one-off payments)
b. 4 weeks to 12 weeks
c. Between 12 weeks and 26 weeks
d. Between 26 weeks and 52 weeks
e. More than 52 weeks

Applicants affected by the benefit cap who are single parents with dependent children aged 0 or 1 year’s old (if recorded)
13.The number of applications received where the applicant was impacted by the benefit cap and was a single parent with dependent children aged 0 or 1 years old (if recorded).

14.The number of applications refused where the applicant was impacted by the benefit cap and was a single parent with dependent children aged 0 or 1 years old (if recorded).

15.The number of applications refused where the applicant was impacted by the benefit cap and was a single parent with dependent children aged 0 or 1 years old, and had previously
received a DHP award (if recorded).

C Discretionary Housing Payment’s allocation policy
Your most recent Discretionary Housing Payments policy document, setting out the procedures in place for determining DHP awards

Response

All DHP applications and awards
1.
The total discretionary housing payment (DHP) budget available to your local authority for the 2016/17 financial year [please include, and specify, any additional funds granted]. £66,315.00


2.
The amount spent or committed on DHPs at the end of the year 2016/17. £66,315.00


3.
The number of applications for DHP received by your local authority in the year 20! 16/17. 205 applications received


4.
The number of applications refused. 69 applications refused

Length of time of award
5.
The average length of time a DHP award was given for in 2016/17 – 3 months

Repeat applicants (if recorded)
6.
The number of applications received where the applicant had previously received a DHP from your authority – not recorded

7.
The number of applications refused where the applicant had previously received a DHP from your authority – not recorded

B Applicants affected by the benefit cap

DHP applications and awards
8.
The number of applications received from applicants who had their benefits reduced by the household benefit cap – 9 applications received

9.
The number of applications refused to applicants who had their benefits reduced by the household benefit cap – 0 applications refused

10.The number of applications refused to applicants who had their benefits reduced by the household benefit cap and had previously received a DHP award by your local authority (if
recorded). Not recorded

Length of time of award for benefit cap affect! ed households
11.The average length of time a DHP awarded to households affected by the benefit cap
was given for in 2016/17 – 6 months

12.The number of DHPs
awarded to households affected by the benefit cap given for the different time periods listed

a. Less than 4 weeks (includes one-off payments) - 0
b. 4 weeks to 12 weeks - 3
c. Between 12 weeks and 26 weeks - 6
d. Between 26 weeks and 52 weeks - 0
e. More than 52 weeks - 0

Applicants affected by the benefit cap who are single parents with dependent children aged 0 or 1 year's old (if recorded)
13.The number of applications received where the applicant was impacted by the benefit cap and was a single parent with dependent children aged 0 or 1 years old (if recorded). Not recorded

14.The number of applications refused where the applicant was impacted by the benefit cap and was a single parent with dependent children aged 0 or 1 years old (if recorded). Not recorded

15.The number of applications refused where the a! pplicant was impacted by the benefit cap and was a single parent with dependent children aged 0 or 1 years old, and had previously
received a DHP award (if recorded). Not recorded

C Discretionary Housing Payment's allocation policy
Your most recent Discretionary Housing Payments policy document, setting out the procedures in place for determining DHP awards