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.

2016/17
Amount of grant: £2,097,016. The figures shown below for each quarter are cumulative.              

2016/17
To end of

April to
June 2016

July to September 2016 October to December 2016 January to March 2017
Amount spent  £531,440   £991,695 £1,536,601 £2,131,683

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.

 

2016/17
  April to June 2016 July to September 2016 October to December 2016 January to March 2017
Cases with reduction for one spare bedroom  6,712   6,537  6,288 4,303
Cases with reduction for two or more spare bedrooms  1,634   1,603  1,548 1,168
All cases affected  8,346   8,140  7,836 5,471
Average reduction £14.19   £14.21  £14.22 £16.11
Cases with DHP  1,194   1,112  1,016 1,226
Cases needing a one bedroom property  4,461   4,383  4,231 4,320
Cases needing a two bedroom property  3,593   3,471  3,331  

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).

2016/17
  April to June 2016 July to September 2016 October to December 2016 January to March 2017 
Cases capped  252   242  186 834
Average weekly reduction  £59.33   £59.83  £121.88 £58.24
Number of cases with DHP  34   40  98 319

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

2016/17
  April to June 2016 July to September 2016 October to December 2016 January to March 2017
Live caseload  69,836   69,040 67,661 67,425
Cases with housing benefit  60,428   59,616 58,275 58,096
Cases with council tax support  60,922   60,263 59,092 58,619
Council tenant  11,083   11,056 10,925 11,996
Housing association tenants  33,047   32,567 32,079 31,717
Private tenants  16,298   15,993 15,271 15,421
Council tax support only cases  9,408   9,424 9,386 9,329

 

Caseload data for earlier years

National caseload statistics broken down by local authority

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