DHP scheme to be adbolished?

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    I understand that DWP have given it some thought. It really is a bit bonkers in full service areas. The LA does not have the information it needs so has to wait until it gets this from DWP or the claimant and then has to be sure housing costs are in payment…..and that may change from month to month.

    What used to be a quick and easy process has now become a long drawn out and costly admin process.

    I doubt changes soon but from 2020 when the transfer will be well in place?

    Still leaves pensioner claims but no real point in working age DHP claims being administered by local authorities in the long term.

    neil watkin

    Certainly follow your logic Peter.

    Guess i will just have to hope they really dont want the hassle?  removing the local knowledge that goes into making decisons? more new software and portals to test and then scrap and rebuild.

    Or would it become a 'press button A' here's an extra £20 for 6 weeks.




    John Boxall

    Just imagine the effect on homelessness……………………

    Has a member of the Judean Peoples Revolutionary Front got a job in the DWP so they can start riots?

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield


    Has anyone ever given a DHP award to a pensioner? 


    yes I have, LHA case with a shortfall


    Written House of Commons answer yesterday. Only guaranteed until the end of the spending review period to 2019-20:-

    Housing Benefit                                                                                                                                    [115226]

    Hywel Williams:

    To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has plans to discontinue discretionary housing payments.

    Caroline Dinenage:

    Discretionary housing payment funding is allocated to Local Authorities to help housing benefits recipients with both housing costs needs and the impact of housing welfare reforms.

    Details of the Government's plan to continue Discretionary Housing Payment funding for Great Britain to the end of the Spending Review Period were stated in the Summer Budget 2015.

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