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 201632627749
April 201732928445
April 201831927841
April 201928524540
April 202023320132
April 202121318231

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
April 201616
April 2017121
April 201889
April 201997
April 202057
April 202137

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
2021/22£161,621£40,009.18 (as at 1 July 2021)
2020/21£292,051£291,985.13
2019/20£214,996£213,169.99
2018/19£226,135£225,209.18
2017/18£240,201£239,969.99
2016/17£169,424£167,838.97
 2021/222020/212019/202018/192017/18
Number of DHP applicationsApproved61 (as of 1 July 21)359275351255
Refused32601094033
Reason for DHPBenefit cap729134739
Social sector size criteria2575396578
Local housing allowance reform837243143
Not related (including Universal Credit)21218199208214
Average spend£656£813£775£788£617

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

We aim to refresh this data at the end of each quarter.

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