Housing Benefit

House of Lords written question – answered on 31st January 2011.

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Photo of Lord German Lord German Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is produced for councils on distributing discretionary housing payments.

To ask Her Majesty's Government how the guidance for councils on the additional discretionary housing payments, as announced in Spending Review 2010, will differ from the guidance currently given.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Discretionary housing payments good practice guidance for local authorities is published on the department's website. www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/dhpguide.pdf.

The guidance already includes a great deal of useful information for local authorities. We are working with stakeholders to expand on this guidance and to include additional material on, for example, managing budgets and supporting customers who need assistance with moving.

The guidance will be published in advance of April 2011.

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