Discretionary Housing Payments

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Reference: 
2013/4351
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

You have previously claimed to have negotiated a significant level of funding through the Discretionary Housing Payments system. How much money has been allocated to London per year since 2010 and is this level sufficient?

Answer

Answer for Discretionary Housing Payments

Answer for Discretionary Housing Payments

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The funding that I have negotiated for London is sufficient to make a critical difference to local authorities seeking to assist those affected by welfare reform.

The amount of money allocated to London authorities for Discretionary Housing Payments has increased considerably over recent years - from just under £4.5m in 2010/11, to almost £8.2m in 2011/12, around £20.3m in 2012/13, and £56.5m in 2012/13. London's allocation of the budget for Discretionary Housing Payments has also increased year on year, from 22.4% in 2010/11 to 35.3% in 2012/13. We anticipate a further £115 million will be allocated over the next two years.