FOI Request - Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)

Request 101000172762

We are interested in understanding the experiences of tenants when applying and receiving the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP).  

Q1: How many applications for DHP have you received from April 1 2013 to June 30th 2013?

Applications received:      

Q2: Does this represent an increase or decrease in DHP applications on the first quarter of the last financial year (April 2012 to June 2012)?

0 Increase
0 Decrease
0 Same
0 Don’t know
0 Other___________________________________________

Q3: How many applications for DHP have you approved from April 1 2013 to June 30th 2013?

Number of applications approved:      

Q4: Does this represent an increase, or decrease in the number of applications approved on the first quarter of the last financial year (April 2012 to June 2012)?

0 Increase
0 Decrease
0 Same
0 Don’t know
0 Other___________________________________________

Q5: How many applications for DHP have you declined or refused from April 1 2013 to June 30th 2013?

Number of applications declined/ refused:      

Q6: Does this represent an increase, or decrease in the number of applications declined or refused on the first quarter of the last financial year (April 2012 to June 2012)?

- Increase
- Decrease
- Same
- Don’t know
Other___________________________________________

Q7: For what reasons are you awarding DHP? Please select the top three reasons from the list below.

- 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 disabled person in adapted accommodation
- in response to local media coverage of a claimant seeking support
- to help with on-going rental costs for claimant who cannot cover their rent
- to help with short term rental costs for any other reason.
- to respond to requests from local councillors or MPs
- to help with on-going rental costs for foster carer
- other      

- Information not available

Q8: What is the average length of time you are awarding DHP for?

- Fewer than 3 months
- 3 months to 6 months
- 6 months – 1 year  
- Other (Please explain) ___________________________________________________

Q9: How much of the DHP government allocation  did you distribute from April 1 2013 to June 30th 2013?

- Total DHP fund allocated to your local authority (in £s):       
- Total amount distributed from April 1 2013 to June 30th 2013 (in £s):      
- Information not available

Q10: Of the DHP fund which you have already distributed, how much did you award to the following:
- people currently housed by a Housing Association:      

- people currently housed by a Local Authority:      
- Information not available

Q11: Of the DHP fund which you have already distributed, how much did you award to the following?

- people affected by the size criteria:      

- people affected by the benefit cap:      
- Information not available

Response 21-08-2013

(1) 290

(2) Increase

(3) 78

(4) Increase

(5) 7

(6) Don't know

(7) to help with on-going rental costs for disabled person in adapted accommodation

to help with short term rental costs for any other reason.

to help with on going rental costs for claimants with medical requirements  

(8) 6 months - 1 year

(9) Total DHP fund allocated to your local authority (in £s): £68,980.00      

Total amount distributed from April 1 2013 to June 30th 2013 (in £s): £29,705.85

(10) people currently housed by a Housing Association: £8,209.60  

people currently housed by a Local Authority: £15,599.00 

Information not available - the balance was distributed to people housed in privately rented accommodation

(11) people affected by the size criteria: £23,808.60

people affected by the benefit cap: nil

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