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3 in 5 local authorities think that local housing allowance changes will affect decisions about discretionary housing payments

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Three in five local authorities think that local housing allowance changes will affect decisions about discretionary housing payments<

New DWP research also finds that more than two thirds think they will make shorter awards

 

06 July, 2011

 

Three in five local authorities think that the 2011/2012 local housing allowance changes(LHA) introduced by the June 2010 budget will affect decisions about discretionary housing payments (DHPs), according to new DWP research.

In a new report, 'Local Authority Omnibus Survey - Wave 22', the DWP sets out the findings of a survey of local authority housing benefit managers on DHPs, DWP publications, direct payment and LHA safeguards, claimant satisfaction and decision notices.

In relation to discretionary housing payments, the findings of the survey include -

  • 77 per cent of local authorities said they were making preparations for the likely increased demands on DHP budgets in 2011/12;
  • when the group of local authorities that said they were making preparations were asked to specify what those activities entailed, 85 per cent said they were reviewing internal procedures, 71 per cent were taking steps to predict likely demand;
  • London Boroughs and English Metropolitan authorities were more likely to have said that they were taking steps to predict likely demand (100 per cent and 82 per cent respectively) than were, for example, English Unitary authorities (56 per cent);
  • 61 per cent of local authorities said the June 2010 budget will affect decisions about DHP allocations;
  • of the group who said decisions will be affected, 69 per cent said that they will make shorter awards in the future, 52 per cent said they will be more likely to spend beyond the government contribution, and 30 per cent said they will make more awards to help with deposits and rent in advance.

DWP research report 760, Local Authority Omnibus Survey – Wave 22<, is available from the DWP website.

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