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FOI 7123

Discretionary Housing Payments

Request

1.  According to the most recent available figures, the number of people within your local authority area who have been impacted by the removal of the spare room subsidy, also known as the ‘bedroom tax;

2.  The total amount of discretionary housing payment funding a warded to your local authority to date this financial year

3.  The total amount of discretionary housing payment fundings pent by your local authority to date this financial year

4.  The total amount of discretionary housing payment spent on ‘removal of the spare room subsidy’ cases this financial year

5.  The number of tenants who have received some discretionary housing payment funding to date specifically for help dealing with the im pact of the removal of the spare room subsidy

6.  Any official guidance which sets out the councils approach to deciding awards of discretionary housing payment

Response

1. According to the most recent available figures, the number of people within your local authority area who have been impacted by the removal of the spare room subsidy, also known as the ‘bedroom tax;

109 Benefit recipients have been impacted by the Social Sector Size Criteria


2. The total amount of discretionary housing payment funding a warded to your local authority to date this financial year

£107,876.00 of Discretionary Housing Payment funding


3. The total amount of discretionary housing payment funding spent by your local authority to date this financial year

Total amount spent = £42,084.94


4. The total amount of discretionary housing payment spent on ‘removal of the spare room subsidy’ cases this financial year

£14785.28 spent on “removal of spare room subsidy” cases


5. The number of tenants who have received some discretionary housing payment funding to date specifically for help dealing with the im pact of the removal of the spare room subsidy

28 tenants have received Discretionary Housing Payments


6. Any official guidance which sets out the councils approach to deciding awards of discretionary housing payment

Policy attached