LGBT Youth Homelessness (3)

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Albert Kennedy Trust has identified that it is impossible for young people claiming housing benefit to cover the cost of living within the private rented sector in London.  What will you do to ensure the level of discretionary top-up payments allocated to London centrally adequately meets this current shortfall?


Answer for LGBT Youth Homelessness (3)

Answer for LGBT Youth Homelessness (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I successfully argued for a very significant increase in the fund for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) in the last spending round, which was essential in tackling the unintended consequences of welfare reform. The Government has announced a further £800 million additional DHP for the next five years and I am making a robust case to Government, for London to receive its fair share of this funding.