Social Security Benefits: Private Rented Housing

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th February 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to provide additional support for housing costs to families who are facing significant increases in their private rent.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

In April 2020, Local Housing Allowance rates were increased to the 30th percentile of local rents. This investment of nearly £1 billion provided 1.5 million claimants with an average £600 more housing support in 2020/21 than they would otherwise have received.

Local; Housing Allowance rates have been maintained at their 2021/22 increased levels and will remain at those levels for 2022/23, so that everyone who benefitted from the increase will continue to do so.

For those who require additional support, Discretionary Housing Payments are available. For 2021-22, the Government has made available £140 million in DHP funding for local authorities in England and Wales to distribute to help support vulnerable people with housing costs. Since 2011 we have provided almost over £1.5 billion in DHPs.

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