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: £2,430,920. 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      

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      
Cases with reduction for two or more spare bedrooms  1,339      
All cases affected  6,623      
Average reduction £14.06      
Cases with DHP  774      
Cases needing a one bedroom property  3,605      
Cases needing a two bedroom property  2,774      

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      
Average weekly reduction  £63.24      
Number of cases with DHP  206      

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      
Cases with housing benefit 51,508      
Cases with council tax support  53,378      
Council tenant  10,193      
Housing association tenants  28,779      
Private tenants  12,536      
Council tax support only cases  10,369      

 

Caseload data for earlier years

National caseload statistics broken down by local authority

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