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