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Housing Benefit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd November 2018.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Labour, Westminster North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much discretionary housing payment funding in 2019-20 is planned to be targeted at households affected by the benefit cap.

Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Labour, Westminster North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to retain the current formula for determining the allocation of discretionary housing payment funding to local authorities for households affected by the benefit cap.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

We are currently considering how the total Discretionary Housing Payment allocation for 2019/20 will be distributed to Local Authorities. As part of this work my officials routinely review the methodology each year to ensure it continues to provide the fairest way to allocate the funding to Local Authorities. We will be consulting local authorities about their individual allocations in due course.

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