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.

2017/18
Amount of grant: £2,557,484. The figures shown below for each quarter are cumulative.              

2017/18
To end of

April to
June 2017

July to September 2017 October to December 2017 January to March 2018
Amount spent  £676,235   £1,440,666 £2,070,314  

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.

 

2017/18
  April to June 2017 July to September 2017 October to December 2017 January to March 2018
Cases with reduction for one spare bedroom  6,007   5,883  5,709  
Cases with reduction for two or more spare bedrooms  1,527   1,478  1,446  
All cases affected  7,534  7,361  7,155  
Average reduction £14.14   £14.13  £14.15  
Cases with DHP  852   922  910  
Cases needing a one bedroom property  4,124   4,024  3,906  
Cases needing a two bedroom property  3,147   3,067  2,998  

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).

2017/18
  April to June 2017 July to September 2017 October to December 2017 January to March 2018 
Cases capped  975  938  875  
Average weekly reduction  £61   £60.90  £61.95  
Number of cases with DHP  334  206  219  

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

2017/2018
  April to June 2017 July to September 2017 October to December 2017 January to March 2018
Live caseload  66,459   65,545 64,262  
Cases with housing benefit 57,151   56,306 54,859  
Cases with council tax support  57,301   56,383 55,158  
Council tenant  10,835   10,760 10,556  
Housing association tenants  31,279   30,878 30,202  
Private tenants  15,037   14,668 14,101  
Council tax support only cases  9,308   9,239 9,403  

 

Caseload data for earlier years

National caseload statistics broken down by local authority

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