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Discretionary Housing Payments

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 139254, tabled on 14 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will place in the Library the final total allocation of Discretionary Housing Payment funding for each local authority in 2021-22 following the mid-year allocation of the £40 million originally withheld so it could be distributed on the basis of caseload data.

Answered on

23 March 2022

This information is available in a Housing Benefit Subsidy Circular published on Circular reference S10/2021 (revised) provided each local authority’s Mid-year (£40 million) Discretionary Housing Payment allocation for year ending March 2022 and their Total (£140 million) DHP allocation for year ending 2022.

The Circular also details the top-up limit for each local authority for the full year as English and Welsh local authorities can top up Discretionary Housing Payment funding up to a maximum of two and a half times this amount using their own funds.