Discretionary Housing Payment

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Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

If you collect such information from Local Authorities, could you please provide; (a) the amount of money given to each Council in Discretionary Housing Payments and (b) how much of that money has been under spent in the previous each of the last three financial years for which figures are available?

Yours faithfully,

Ben Walker

Allan Cox, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Hi Ben

Please note that the figures you've requested are all available from the
DCLG website, so we have responded to your e-mail as a normal query,
rather than as an FOI request.

Figures on local authority revenue expenditure and financing are submitted
to DCLG at the end of each financial year on the Revenue Outturn (RO) form
by all 444 local authorities in England. I've attached a link to the
latest statistical release to accompany the 2011-12 outturn release
([1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...),
and a link to the 2011-12 outturn tables at local authority level
([2]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...).

The RO4 table in the 2nd link above includes all local authority net
current expenditure on housing services, including discretionary payments
(lines 51 (£14.230 million in 2011-12), 52 (£0.559 million in 2011-12) and
53 (£1.020 million in 2011-12)).

The RG table in the 2nd link includes all local authority income from the
'Discretionary Housing Payments' grant (line 744 = £137.908 million in
2011-12).

Figures on local authority income from the 'Discretionary Housing
Payments' grant were added to the RG form in 2011-12, and were not
collected separately for earlier years, although this may have been
recorded within the other grants recorded on line 799. I've attached links
for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 RO4 housing expenditure figures:

2010-11:
[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...

2009-10:
[4]http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...

All the links include the figures at local authority level.

I hope this is helpful,
Allan

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