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)
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|
|Type of discretionary housing payment||2022/23||2021/22||2020/21||2019/20||2018/19|
|Number of DHP applications||Approved||431||411||359||275||351|
|Reason for DHP||Benefit cap||22||38||29||13||47|
|Social sector size criteria||112||121||75||39||65|
|Local housing allowance reform||90||95||37||24||31|
|Not related (including Universal Credit)||207||156||218||199||208|
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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