Emer­gency hous­ing pay­ments of £180,000 in six months

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Emer­gency hous­ing pay­ments for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple made by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil added up to more than £170,000 in six months.

De­part­ment for Work and Pen­sions (DWP) fig­ures show that the coun­cil spent £179,415 be­tween April and Septem­ber 2018 on help­ing peo­ple on ben­e­fits who are strug­gling to cover hous­ing costs. The Gov­ern­ment awarded the coun­cil £543,328 for the Dis­cre­tionary Hous­ing Pay­ment scheme for the 2018/19 fi­nan­cial year.

In the first six months Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil spent a third of its an­nual bud­get.

Pay­ments can be awarded to claimants if they have been af­fected by spe­cific hous­ing poli­cies and could be at risk of home­less­ness, or if they have emer­gency costs un­re­lated to wel­fare re­forms.

Of the money spent so far, 63 per cent has been due to the ben­e­fit cap.

Fund­ing for the scheme in 2017/18 was £687,855.

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