Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Draft Modern Slavery Bill Committee, Chair, Draft Modern Slavery Bill Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much expenditure his Department has allocated to discretionary housing payments for tenants in the social housing sector in each year to 2015-16.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department does not hold data that distinguish between discretionary housing payments (DHP) allocated to tenants in the private sector and those in the social sector. The total Government contribution in DHPs to local authorities from 2001-02 to 2014-15 is detailed in the table.

DHPs are provided for local authorities to use according to their own priorities and policies. From 2011-12 the DHP amount made available has been increased to support people through the reforms to housing benefit across the private and social sectors.

Year of DHP allocation per annum Amount of Government contribution (£ million)
2001-02 115
2002-03 20
2003-04 20
2004-05 20
2005-06 20
2006-07 20
2007-08 20
2008-09 20
2009-10 20
2010-11 20
2011-12 30
2012-13 60
2013-14 180
2014-15 165
1 The DHP scheme was introduced from July 2001, and so the funding for that year was threequarter of £20 million. i.e. £15 million in total.

As announced in the autumn statement 5 December 2013, Hansard, columns 1101-1113, the Government will increase DHPs by £40 million in 2015-16. This will ensure that support available to people affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy is maintained and local authorities have the confidence to offer long term awards where appropriate.

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