Published data about housing benefit, council tax support and welfare reform

Information and figures on welfare reform, discretionary housing payments and council tax support claims.

Social sector size criteria

This came into effect on 1 April 2013.

Residents considered to be under-occupying their home by one bedroom have a 14% deduction in the rent we use to work out their housing benefit.

Residents considered to be under-occupying their home by two or more bedrooms have a 25% deduction in the rent we use to work out their housing benefit.

 Number of cases affected in RushmoorUnder occupying by one bedroom (14% deduction)Under occupying by two or more bedrooms (25% deduction)
April 2013Around 500Not availableNot available
July 2013492Not availableNot available
September 201340534857
January 201437132249
April 201436831553
July 201435630650
October 201434028852
January 2015342Not availableNot available
April 201534329449
July 201532930425
October 201534629353
January 201637932653
April 201632627749
October 201632227349
January 201733628650
July 201732527748
October 201732327449
January 201831727443

In some cases, we have used discretionary housing payments to support residents affected by the changes - see the information below on discretionary housing payments for more details.

Benefit cap

The benefit cap came into effect on 15 July 2013 and applies nationally.

 Number of cases affected in Rushmoor
July 201325
September 201319
January 201419
April 201414
July 201418
October 201419
January 201516
April 201516
July 201527
October 201524
January 201622
April 201616
October 201617
January 2017125
July 2017115
October 2017107
January 2018103

As with the social sector criteria, in some cases, we have used discretionary housing payments to support residents affected by the change.

Discretionary housing payments (DHP)

 Total discretionary housing payment allocation Total  discretionary housing payment allocated/paid
2017/18£240,201£159,765.03 (as of January)
 2017/182016/172015/162014/15 2013/14
Number of DHP applicationsApproved255352414607576
Reason for DHPBenefit cap3235613621
Social sector size criteria59117214437385
Local housing allowance reform305515123
Two reforms00000
Not related126140124122128
Universal Credit85000

No recorded

Average spend£610£467£288£237£235

2017/18 as at early January 2017.

Please note: This information is not available for previous years.

For more information on discretionary housing payments, see our Types of benefit available page.

Council tax support scheme

We introduced a council tax support to replace council tax benefit on 1 April 2013.

Working age residents can claim in support a maximum of 92% of their council tax bill. We include child maintenance and child benefit as income when we calculate council tax support.

The council tax support scheme for pensioners is the same as the now-abolished council tax benefit scheme.

 Number of customers paying increased council tax or council tax for the first timeNumber of working age customers claiming council tax supportNumber of pensioners claiming  council tax support
April 20131,667Not availableNot available
July 20131,6682,5243,329
September 20131,6352,5493,192
January 20141,2722,5353,120
April 20142,1712,4993,049
July 20141,8143,0052,496

We aim to refresh this data at the end of each quarter. This will be  at the beginning of July, October, January and April.

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