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.
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)|
|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