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FOI 6250

Discretionary Housing Payments

Request

The following questions relate to applications for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) for assistance with the impact of the April 2013 Housing Benefit changes for social rented sector tenants, during the current financial year. 

1)    Please could you provide a breakdown of DHP applications received, awarded, refused and still being processed by whether or not the applicant has stated that they, or a member of their household, has a disability or health condition, as follows: 

Financial year 2013-14

Disabled

Non-disabled

All applicants

Total number of DHP applications received to date

 

 

 

Applicants awarded a DHP to date

 

 

 

Applicants refused a DHP to date

 

 

 

Applications still being processed

 

 

 

2)    On average, how long does processing a DHP application take, from receiving the application to providing the final decision to the applicant? 

3)    What is the administrative financial cost to your council for processing each DHP application?

4)    What are the 3 most common reasons that your council is refusing a DHP?

Response

1) Please could you provide a breakdown of DHP applications received, awarded, refused and still being processed by whether or not the applicant has stated that they, or a member of their household, has a disability or health condition, as follows:
Financial year 2013-14 Disabled Non-disabled All applicants
Total number of DHP applications received to date 22 70 92
Applicants awarded a DHP to date 8 15 23
Applicants refused a DHP to date 1 7 8
Applications still being processed 13 48 61

2) On average, how long does processing a DHP application take, from receiving the application to providing the final decision to the applicant? At the moment the processing time for DHP determination is approx 2 months – this is due to the number of applications being currently received and the information that is needed from the applicant before an award may be made (i.e. details of essential household expenditure etc)

3) What is the administrative financial cost to your council for processing each DHP application? I am unable to provide this information as there is no specific funding or breakdown of cost for the administration of the DHP fund.

4) What are the 3 most common reasons that your council is refusing a DHP? Income over and above essential household expenditure