ONLY 35% of Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) limit was used in Northampton

ONLY 35% of Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) limit was used in Northampton

UNDERSPEND DHP 2015-16

Northampton Borough Council could have spent £790,208 but it only spent £276,759

Northampton Defend Council Housing is now enquiring if the under spend from the Government Contribution will have to be returned?

If you wish to know more about DHP’s follow the link for the most up to date information published this year  discretionary-housing-payments-guide-feb-2016-2

The following Freedom of Information request as been made:

Request Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) information relating to 2015/2016

  1. Total Number of successful applications for DHPs
  1. Number affected by one of the following:
  • benefit cap
  • removal of spare room subsidy in social rented sector
  • local housing allowance restrictions
  • combination of reforms
  • none of the above

 Additionally, the intended outcome by value of payments made. The outcomes are broadly grouped into the areas that cover the policy intention of DHPs:

  • To help secure and move to alternative accommodation (e.g. rent deposit)
  • To help with short-term rental costs until the claimant is able to secure and move to alternative accommodation
  • To help with short-term rental costs while the claimant seeks employment
  • To help with on-going rental costs for a disabled person/s in adapted accommodation
  • To help with on-going rental costs for a foster carer
  • To help with short-term rental costs for any other reason
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