DHP budget running out

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    As an LA, we have historically struggled to use our full DHP budget, and have underspent in the past.

    This year, however, we are getting very low already, and it isn’t even October yet.

    Because of this we are reviewing our DHP policy, and we are going to have to make some very tough choices. Some of the groups that we would normally have paid DHPs to are now unlikely to get one. But which groups to we carry on paying, and whom do we now turn down?

    Is anyone else going through similar problems at the moment, or has done in the recent past? Has anyone revised their DHP policy because of the extra pressures on the budget caused by the recession?

    If anyone would prefer to email me, my address is: sspencer@elmbridge.gov.uk

    Many thanks


    In the past I have been lucky enough to secure extra funding to exceed the Govt Contribution.

    I had a situation where there was a lack of 2 bed accommodation in the area and tenants were being placed (by homeless prevention-type teams) in 3-bed accommodation. My argument went along the lines of “it costs £300.00 per week to place a family in B & B but for £20.00 per week DHP, the tenant can take up a permanent tenancy”. Taking a holistic view, members agreed to allocate additional funds to the DHP budget.

    Saying that, it was in the “good old days” but the spend to save argument [i:b28229ec8d]may[/i:b28229ec8d] still help you out.

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