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FOI 7825

Discretionary Housing Payments

Request

I'd like to make a Freedom of Information request for the following data on Discretionary Housing Payments in your local authority area. It forms part of a wider survey looking at national demand for assistance, and hard-pressed councils’ ability to provide it.
I would be very grateful for:

1. Number of DHP applications in the period from the beginning of April to the end of September 2013.

2. Number of DHP awards in the period from the beginning of April to the end of September 2013.

3. Number of DHP applications in the period from the beginning of April to the end of September 2012.

4. Number of DHP awards in the period from the beginning of April to the end of September 2012.
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The information requested above is most important, but if the work/cost/time limit permits it, I would like to request the following:

5. 6. The DWP requested both the total amount (£) allocated and the total amount (£) committed (to be spent) on DHP in the period from the beginning of April to the end of September 2013. I would like the same information for the same period in 2012. If your information only covers the total amount spent rather than committed, I would still appreciate this information.
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The information requested above is second most important, but if the work/cost/time limit permits it, I would also like:

7. DHP allocation by DWP (£), beginning of April to end of September 2013
8. DHP ‘top up’ allocation (£) from your own funds, if any, beginning of April to end of September 2013
9. DHP allocation by DWP (£), beginning of April to end of September 2012
10. DHP ‘top up’ (£) from your own funds, if any, beginning of April to end of September 2012

In terms of these DWP allocations/’top-ups’, if the information you hold is on an annual basis, and it would cause you considerable extra work to find out how much was allocated in the period requested, the annual data for the financial years 2012/13 and for 2013/14 is fine.
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