Housing Benefit

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th February 2011.

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Photo of Lord German Lord German Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 31 January (WA 229), how much of the discretionary housing payments budget has been allocated for the additional tasks of assisting customers in managing their budgets and supporting customers who need assistance with moving.

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

We are providing an additional £50 million over the next four years to support customers affected by the changes to local housing allowance rates. We are still considering how this can be targeted and used most effectively.

This £50 million is in addition to the Government's contribution towards local authorities' discretionary housing payment budgets which we are increasing by £130 million over the same period. We announced the 2011-12 discretionary housing payment allocations on 2 February 2011 (www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/s2-2011.pdf). It is for each local authority to decide how it can best use its allocation to support its customers. We are issuing further good practice guidance to local authorities to assist them in making these decisions.

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