To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of local authorities spent their total allocation for Discretionary Housing Payments in 2001–02; how many claimants applied for assistance; how many were awarded DHPs; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the scheme.
Discretionary Housing Payments replaced exceptional hardship and exceptional circumstance payments from
406 local authorities provided expenditure figures for the period
We have commissioned the University of Birmingham to carry out a research project on how the Discretionary Housing Payment arrangements are operating. This will help us to determine a more effective mechanism of setting and distributing the Government's contribution to Discretionary Housing Payments for future years. The project is expected to report its findings later this year.
1 Awards may be a single payment of a series of payments and more than one award may be made to an individual, for instance a person may receive separate awards to supplement Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.
Returns from local authorities may be subject to revision.
Discretionary Housing Payment final claim form returns from local authorities to DWP, 2001–02.