Freedom of information response

Discretionary Housing Payments

Publication date: 
Friday 18 September 2020
Request: 

A All applicants

 

DHP applications and awards

    The total discretionary housing payment (DHP) budget available to your local authority for the 2019/20 year [please include, and specify, any additional top up funds granted].

         

    The amount spent or committed on DHPs at the end of the year 2019/20

         

    The number of applications for DHP received by your local authority in the year 2019/20

         

     The number of applications refused.

 

Length of time of award

  The average length of time a DHP was given for in 2019/20

The number of DHPs given for the different time periods listed

a. Less than 4 weeks (including one-off payments)

b. 4 weeks to 12 weeks

c. Between 12 weeks and 26 weeks

d. Between 26 weeks and 52 weeks

e. More than 52 weeks

Repeat applicants (if recorded)

The number of applications received where the applicant had previously received a DHP from your authority

 The number of applications refused where the applicant had previously received a DHP from your authority

 

B Applicants affected by low local housing allowance levels

The Local Authority monitoring returns on DHP asks local authorities to categorise DHP spend according to which welfare reforms the DHP was awarded. For the following questions, we are interested in DHP applications and awards made by people affected by Local Housing Allowance (LHA) reforms

 

DHP applications and awards

The number of applications received where the reason the applicant was in need of support was that they were impacted by low LHA levels

 

The number of these applications refused

The average length of time a DHP award was given for in 2019/20, for households affected by low LHA levels

The number of awards made for households affected by low LHA levels for the following reasons

  • To help with on-going rental costs for disabled person in adapted accommodation
  • To help with on-going rental costs for a foster carer
  • To help with on-going rental costs for any other reason

The average length of time these DHPs were given for

The number of these DHPs given for the different time periods listed

a. Less than 4 weeks (including one-off payments)

b. 4 weeks to 12 weeks

c. Between 12 weeks and 26 weeks

d. Between 26 weeks and 52 weeks

e. More than 52 weeks

C Applicants affected by the household benefit cap

 

DHP applications and awards

The number of applications received where the reason the applicant was in need of support was that they were impacted by the household benefit cap

 

The number of these applications refused

The average length of time a DHP award was given for in 2019/20, for households affected by the benefit cap

The number of awards made for households affected by the benefit cap for the following reasons

  • To help with on-going rental costs for disabled person in adapted accommodation
  • To help with on-going rental costs for a foster carer
  • To help with on-going rental costs for any other reason

The average length of time these DHPs were given for

The number of these DHPs given for the different time periods listed

a. Less than 4 weeks (including one-off payments)

b. 4 weeks to 12 weeks

c. Between 12 weeks and 26 weeks

d. Between 26 weeks and 52 weeks

e. More than 52 weeks

D Discretionary Housing Payment’s allocation policy

Your most recent Discretionary Housing Payments policy document, setting out the procedures in place for determining DHP awards

Response: 

1. Total  DHP budget for 2019/2020 was £527,310.00

2. Total spent £522,003.04 

3. Total applications 1800  

4. Refused 612

5. 

a. 139

b. 259

c. 651

d. 170

e. Fewer than 5

6.

a. 228

126

B

370

95 refused

26 weeks

  • To help with on-going rental costs for disabled person in adapted accommodation - 0
  • To help with on-going rental costs for a foster carer - 0
  • To help with on-going rental costs for any other reason - 278

7.

a.  6

b. 56

c. 192

d. 22

e. Fewer than 5

The number of applications received where the reason the applicant was in need of support was that they were impacted by the household benefit cap - 180

The number of these applications refused - 18

The average length of time a DHP award was given for in 2019/20, for households affected by the benefit cap

  • To help with on-going rental costs for disabled person in adapted accommodation – Fewer than 5
  • To help with on-going rental costs for a foster carer - 0
  • To help with on-going rental costs for any other reason - 160

8.

a. Less than 4 weeks (including one-off payments) - 9

b. 4 weeks to 12 weeks - 42

c. Between 12 weeks and 26 weeks - 94

d. Between 26 weeks and 52 weeks - 17

e. More than 52 weeks - 0

Please see attached document Appendix A.

We are unable to provide an exact number for the questions above as:

  • There is a low number involved.
  • The release of this information could identify individuals which would constitute their personal data under the Data Protection Act
  • There is no prior expectation on the part of these individuals that their personal information would be published in the wider public domain under the FOI Act
  • Personal data of any other person is exempt under section 40 (2) of the Data Protection Act.

However in the interests of transparency we are able to provide this information to you categorised as fewer than 5 to give you an indication of the figures

You are free to use any information supplied to you for your own use, including non-commercial research purposes. However, any other type of re-use, for example, by publishing the information or issuing copies to the public will require the permission of the copyright owner.

Where the copyright is owned by Thurrock Council, you must apply to the Council to re-use the information. Please email information.matters@thurrock.gov.uk if you wish to re-use the information you have been supplied. For information where the copyright is owned by another person or organisation, you must apply to the copyright owner to obtain their permission.

Request reference:
FOI 10193