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 Rushmoor||Under occupying by one bedroom (14% deduction)||Under occupying by two or more bedrooms (25% deduction)|
|April 2013||Around 500||Not available||Not available|
|July 2013||492||Not available||Not available|
|January 2015||342||Not available||Not available|
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.
The benefit cap came into effect on 15 July 2013 and applies nationally.
|Number of cases affected in Rushmoor|
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|
|2016/17||£169,424||£156,286.84 (Mid Feb)|
|Number of DHP applications||Approved||319||414||607||576|
|Reason for DHP||Benefit cap||32||61||36||21|
|Social sector size criteria||110||214||437||385|
|Local housing allowance reform||48||15||12||3|
2016/17 as at mid Feb 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 time||Number of working age customers claiming council tax support||Number of pensioners claiming council tax support|
|April 2013||1,667||Not available||Not available|
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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