Benefit changes

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2013
Reference: 
2013/0241
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What support do you intend to give to the boroughs in light of the pressures on housing, homelessness, schools and other local services that will come as a result of the impending changes to the benefit system?

Answer

Answer for Benefit changes

Answer for Benefit changes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

While the Government, not the Mayor, is responsible for these changes and this funding, I have successfully secured a substantial increase in the level of Discretionary Housing Payment funding for London boroughs. Other support from the Government to date includes transitional funding for local authorities to proactively help people affected by the Housing Benefit reforms and new burdens funding.