Manchester City Council

Benefits & support The benefits service: our data

Discretionary Housing Payments, welfare reform, and caseload information

Discretionary housing payments

We receive an annual grant from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to fund Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) to top up Housing Benefit where appropriate. Any of the grant not spent is returned to DWP. The Council can pay more than the amount funded by DWP out of the General Fund.

2019/20
Amount of grant: £2,192,166. The figures shown below for each quarter are cumulative.              

2019/2020
To end of

April to June 2019

July to September 2019 October to December 2019 January to March 2020
Amount spent  £888,614      

Expenditure in previous years and award breakdown

Welfare reform

Underoccupation

From April 2013 housing benefit for council tenants and housing association tenants of working age reduced if they are considered to have more bedrooms than they need. The use of size criteria for underoccupation is widely known as “the bedroom tax” though it is a reduction of benefit rather than a tax we issue bills for.

 

2019/2020
  April to June 2019 July to September 2019 October to December 2019 January to March 2020
Cases with reduction for one spare bedroom  4,304      
Cases with reduction for two or more spare bedrooms  1,125      
All cases affected  5,429      
Average reduction £14.01      
Cases with DHP  530      
Cases needing a one bedroom property  3,042      
Cases needing a two bedroom property  2,186      

Underoccupation data for earlier years

A national analysis of the underoccupation policy

Underoccupation - national statistics broken down by local authority

Benefit cap

From summer 2013 a limit of £500 a week (£350 for single people without children) was imposed on the total amount of benefit that most working-age people can get - usually called the 'benefit cap'. 
The 'cap' figure was reduced in November 2016 so that the total amount of benefit that most working-age people can now get is £384.62 a week (£257.69 for single people without children).

2019/2020
  April to June 2019 July to September 2019 October to December 2019 January to March 2020 
Cases capped 607      
Average weekly reduction  £67.97      
Number of cases with DHP  176      

Benefit cap data for earlier years

Benefit Cap - national statistics broken down by local authority

Caseload

Information about the benefits service caseload broken down into each type of case per quarter

2019/2020
  April to June 2019 July to September 2019 October to December 2019 January to March 2020
Live caseload  59,672      
Cases with housing benefit 44,143      
Cases with council tax support  52,078      
Council tenant  9,466      
Housing association tenants  25,289      
Private tenants 9,388      
Council tax support only cases  15,529      

 

Caseload data for earlier years

National caseload statistics broken down by local authority

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