Discretionary Housing Payments

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th September 2022.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Future of Work), Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with Local Authorities on the Government's decision to cut the Discretionary Housing Payment budget from £140 million in 2021/22 to £100 million for 2022/23.

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

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has not met Local Authorities (LAs) to discuss Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) funding for 2022/23.

Officials at the Department for Work and Pensions engage with LAs through regular forums, and those LAs were informed of a reduction in funding prior to the publication of the full allocations for 2022/23.

LAs are notified annually of the total amount of DHP funding and how much funding has been allocated to each LA.

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