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Discretionary Housing Payments

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 139255, tabled on 14 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of tenants who will be able to obtain a Discretionary Housing Payment from their local authority in 2022-23 to help cover a shortfall arising from the impact of the benefit cap, spare room subsidy and freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates as a result of the Government's decision to reduce funding from £140 million in 2021-22 to £100 million in 2022-23.

Answered on

30 March 2022

No such estimate has been made.

Since 2011, the government has provided almost £1.5 billion in Discretionary Housing Payments to local authorities to help support claimants who require further financial assistance with housing costs.

In addition to the central government contribution, of £100 million for 2022/23, English and Welsh local authorities can top up Discretionary Housing Payment funding up to a maximum of two and a half times this figure using their own funds.

We also provide local authorities with non-statutory guidance to assist with their decision making. This includes supporting those who are impacted by the Local Housing Allowance, Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy and the benefit cap.