Northampton Borough Council could have given £600,457.30 more support via Discretionary Housing Payments  

We ARE doing all we can to prevent homelessness is the mantra coming out of NBC…  Northampton Defend Council Housing says ‘WE WILL NOT swallow the ****’ and nor should any of the so called opposition councillors.

THE facts are:

Northampton Borough Council could have given £600,457 more support via Discretionary Housing Payments  

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs)

DHPs are awarded at the discretion of each LA and can provide help with on-going housing costs or one-off expenses (e.g. moving costs). In addition to the central government contribution, English and Welsh LAs are able to top up DHP funding up to a maximum of two and a half times this figure using their own funds (for instance, a local authority receiving £100,000 as DHP central government funding could top up this amount with up to £150,000 of their own funds, giving them a maximum possible total expenditure of £250,000).

Northampton Borough Council could have given £600,457.30 more support via Discretionary Housing Payments

Northampton Borough Council spent £398,540.20

DHP central government funding = £399,599.00

Northampton could have spent = £998,997.50 (i.e. two and a half times central government funding)

Northampton under spent what is was able to by £600,457.30   

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