Discretionary Housing Payments

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1729
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Discretionary Housing Payments are seen as a safety net for those in housing need due to the caps to their housing benefits. What analysis have you done about whether this fund is sufficient in the face of increased demand due to Housing Benefit caps? Do you think the DHP fund sufficient for London and will prevent the 'social cleansing' which you claimed to oppose?

Answer

Answer for Discretionary Housing Payments

Answer for Discretionary Housing Payments

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Discretionary Housing Payments are not designed to meet the needs of all households who face a reduction in Housing Benefit. However, I have secured significant increases in funding for Discretionary Housing Payments to enable London's local authorities to support vulnerable households affected by welfare changes. The pot provides £25 million for London boroughs in 2012/13, and an expected £115 million over the next two years.