FOI Request - Discretionary Housing Payments (3)

Request 101000209254

I'd like to make a Freedom of Information request for the following data on Discretionary Housing Payments in your local authority area. It forms part of a wider survey looking at national demand for assistance, and hard-pressed councils’ ability to provide it.
 
1. Number of DHP applications in the period from the beginning of April to the end of September 2013.

2. Number of DHP awards in the period from the beginning of April to the end of September 2013.

3. Number of DHP applications in the period from the beginning of April to the end of September 2012.

4. Number of DHP awards in the period from the beginning of April to the end of September 2012.

The information requested above is most important, but if the work/cost/time limit permits it, I would like to request the following:

5. 6. The DWP requested both the total amount (£) allocated and the total amount (£) committed (to be spent) on DHP in the period from the beginning of April to the end of September 2013. I would like the same information for the same period in 2012.  If your information only covers the total amount spent rather than committed, I would still appreciate this information.

The information requested above is second most important, but if the work/cost/time limit permits it, I would also like:

7. DHP allocation by DWP (£), beginning of April to end of September 2013

8. DHP ‘top up’ allocation (£) from your own funds, if any, beginning of April to end of September 2013

9. DHP allocation by DWP (£), beginning of April to end of September 2012

10. DHP ‘top up’ (£) from your own funds, if any, beginning of April to end of September 2012

In terms of these DWP allocations/’top-ups’, if the information you hold is on an annual basis, and it would cause you considerable extra work to find out how much was allocated in the period requested, the annual data for the financial years 2012/13 and for 2013/14 is fine.

Response 16-01-2014

1. 413 DHP applications received

2. 203 claims awarded and 31 declined.

3. 43 DHP applications received.

4. 39 DHP applications awarded and 4 declined.

5. 6. Total amount spent between 01.04.13 - 30.09.13 was £70,755.59

       Figure as at 30.09.12 not available. Spend 01.04.12 - 31.03.13 was £17,518.00

7. DWP allocation is made for full year, initially for 01.04.13 - 31.03.14 it was £68,980, an additional £180.923 was allocated on 31.07.2013.

8. Nil

9. As above DWP allocation was made for full year, and for 01.04.12 - 31.03.13 it was £18,543.00

10. Nil

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