Manchester City Council

Benefits & support The benefits service: our data

Discretionary Housing Payments, welfare reform, and caseload information

Discretionary housing payments

The Council receives 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.

2018/19
Amount of grant: £2,432,920. The figures shown below for each quarter are cumulative.              

2018/2019
To end of

April to June 2018

July to September 2018 October to December 2018 January to March 2019
Amount spent  £726,767 £1,575,584 £2,550,000 £3,482,577

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.

 

2018/2019
  April to June 2018 July to September 2018 October to December 2018 January to March 2019
Cases with reduction for one spare bedroom  5,284 5,016 4,734 4,510
Cases with reduction for two or more spare bedrooms  1,339 1,294 1,210 1,179
All cases affected  6,623 6,310 5,944 5,689
Average reduction £14.06 £14.10 £14.08 £14.12
Cases with DHP  774 763 638 626
Cases needing a one bedroom property  3,605 3,451 3,274 3,163
Cases needing a two bedroom property  2,774 2,630 2,457 2,313

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).

2018/2019
  April to June 2018 July to September 2018 October to December 2018 January to March 2019 
Cases capped 842 780 677 718
Average weekly reduction  £63.24 £62.82 £63.98 £65.82
Number of cases with DHP  206 187 179 201

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

2018/2019
  April to June 2018 July to September 2018 October to December 2018 January to March 2019
Live caseload  61,877 62,208 61,023 60,479
Cases with housing benefit 51,508 49,522 47,557 46,158
Cases with council tax support  53,378 54,207 53,067 52,608
Council tenant  10,193 9,935 9,790 9,667
Housing association tenants  28,779 27,914 26,941 26,269
Private tenants  12,536 11,673 10,826 10,222
Council tax support only cases  10,369 12,686 13,466 14,321

 

Caseload data for earlier years

National caseload statistics broken down by local authority

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