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Discretionary Housing Payments - Facts and figures

Useful statistics about Perth & Kinross Council's Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme.

The Discretionary Housing Payment Scheme is administered by local authorities and can assist tenants receiving Housing Beneft, Local Housing Allowance (LHA) or the Housing Costs Element of Universal Credit with the following expenditure:

  • where the amount of Housing Benefit in payment does not cover the full cost of rent
  • removal costs
  • rent deposits.

You can look up detailed information including a guidance note on icon how the scheme is administered [354Kb] in Perth and Kinross.

Discretionary Housing Payment update 

Perth & Kinross Council's Scottish Welfare Fund, who administers the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme, takes a holistic approach when deciding applications for both Discretionary Housing Payments and Scottish Welfare Fund Grants in order to provide the best possible service to applicants.  

View icon Update on Discretionary Housing Payments and Scottish Welfare Fund - July 2015 [335Kb].

Perth & Kinross Council Discretionary Housing Payment Funding

The budget allocation for financial year 2016/17:

Source

Amount

DWP allocation

£388,406

Scottish Government allocation

£48,134

Total DHP budget

£436,540

 

Financial YearAmountTotal SpendNumber of DHP applicationsNumber of awards made% of successful awards
2016/17£436,540£479,3441318100676%

Breakdown of awards 2016/17

Benefit capSocial Sector Size Criteria "Bedroom Tax"LHA reformOther (non-welfare reform)Total
£45,295£379,963£30,010£24,076£479,344

The budget allocation for financial year 2015/16:

Source

Amount

DWP allocation

£380,334

Scottish Government allocation

£54,017

Total DHP budget

£434,351

2010 to 2014

Financial YearAmountFunding SourcePKC contributionTotal SpentNumber of DHP applicationsNumber of awards made

% of  successful awards

2014/15£862,883*See below£133,000£786,6491,7821,41279.2%
2013/14£1,301,143**

See below

NIL£408,00099279079.6%
2012/13£43,108UK GovernmentNIL£42,4851257862.4%
2011/12£19,665UK GovernmentNIL£19,438774963.6%
2010/11£9,941UK GovernmentNIL£10,0041378562%

*The 2014/15 DHP Funding of £862,883 was made up as follows:

Funding SourcePurpose of FundingAmountAmount Spent
UK GovernmentGeneral funding£380,620£380,620
Scottish GovernmentAdditional funding£349,263£349,263
Perth & Kinross CouncilAdditional funding£133,000£56,766

TOTALS

£862,883

£786,649

Breakdown of 2014/15 DHP spend

Benefit CapSocial Sector Size CriteriaLocal Housing Allowance ReformsCombination of reformsOther (non welfare reform)Total
£13,346£412,724£290,846£5,509£64,224£786,649

**The 2013/14 DHP Funding of £1,301,143 was made up as follows:

Funding SourcePurpose of FundingAmountAmount Spent
UK GovernmentGeneral funding£162,600£162,600
UK GovernmentUnder occupancy in remote/rural locations£361,018£97,598
Scottish GovernmentAdditional funding£777,525£147,810

TOTALS

£1,301,143£408,000

Breakdown of 2013/14 DHP spend

Benefit CapSocial Sector Size CriteriaLocal Housing Allowance ReformsCombination of reformsOther (non welfare reform)Total
£18,692.88£267,288.25£94,486.64£1,555.60£24,336.35

£406,359.72

Please note that any awards of Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments are not taken into account when deciding DHP applications.

Further Statistics

You can find further statistics on the Discretionary Housing Payment Scheme on the Scottish Government website.

Discretionary Housing Payments and Perth & Kinross Council Tenancies affected by the Under Occupation Charge

In April 2013, the Welfare Reform Act reduced the amount of Housing Benefit that people living in the social rented sector get if they are deemed to have one or more spare bedrooms. This is commonly referred to as the Bedroom Tax (under-occupation charge or social size criteria).  A DHP can be paid to assist social rented tenants meet the shortfall in rent caused by the Under Occupation Charge. There were 698 social sector tenants throughout the Perth and Kinross area affected by the Under Occupation Charge as at 1.4.15.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive a decision on my application?

In most cases you should receive a decision on your application within 21 days. If you do not hear within this timescale, it could be that we may be waiting on further information from you or we may be experiencing a high volume of applications.

My circumstances have not changed however the amount of DHP I have been awarded has been reduced.

The DHP budget allocated to PKC each financial year normally reduces resulting in less money to go round.

My DHP award has ended and I am struggling to pay the difference between my benefit and my rent. Is there any other help available?

There may be other sources of support  available or you can contact the Welfare Rights Team for further advice.

Can my DHP application be backdated?

Most DHP applications can be considered from the beginning of the financial year (April), however this cannot be guaranteed.  The more information you give us regarding the need for a backdate, the more likelihood that backdating will be successful.

Contact details

Scottish Welfare Fund

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476900 (Option 2)