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 ormore bedrooms (25% deduction)

April 2017 329 284 45
April 2018 319 278 41
April 2019 285 245 40
April 2020 233 201 32
April 2021 213 182 31
April 2022 197 169 28

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 2017 121
April 2018 89
April 2019 97
April 2020 57
April 2021 37
April 2022 23

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 £226,555 £226,303.35
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
  2021/22 2020/21 2019/20 2018/19 2017/18
Number of DHP applications Approved 411 359 275 351 255
Refused 109 60 109 40 33
Reason for DHP Benefit cap 38 29 13 47 39
Social sector size criteria 121 75 39 65 78
Local housing allowance reform 95 37 24 31 43
Not related (including Universal Credit) 156 218 199 208 214
Average spend £551 £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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