FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

14 April 2021

I am writing to make a Freedom of Information request concerning your Council’s expenditure on Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) for the 2019/20 financial year.

 

I am aware some information on DHPs is submitted to the Department for Work & Pensions in its analysis of End of Year returns from local authorities. This includes the total number of awards, DHP financial expenditure and Government contribution original allocation. These monitoring returns provide details of the purpose of the DHP award, such as to secure and move to alternative accommodation and rental costs, split by the welfare form for which households have been affected.

 

What is not included in this information is the amount and value of DHPs applied for which are not awarded, or if only partial amounts are given. I am requesting this information, as detailed in Table 1 below, and also request splits of this data by the age band of the claimant. If possible, please can the figures just for those where the claimant is aged between 16 and 30 be provided.

 

Separately, I am requesting information on your Council’s use of rent guarantee schemes: these are typically used to help people facing homelessness by providing a written guarantee to the landlord to cover any unpaid rent/damage. The information I require is written below, but also in a Table 2:

·         Total amount of rent guarantees issued in 2019/20

o   How many rent guarantees were issued to care leavers

o   Age bands of those issued rent guarantees

 

 

Table 1: DHP applications: Financial year 2019/20

 

 

 

TOTAL

16-24

25-34

35-44

45-54

55-64

65+

≤30

Total number of DHP applications

 

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial (less than full amount requested)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declined / Unsuccessful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total value of DHP applications (£)

 

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial (less than full amount requested)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declined / Unsuccessful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of DHP applications to help secure and move to alternative accommodation (eg rent deposit)

 

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial (less than full amount requested)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declined / Unsuccessful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total value of DHP applications to help secure and move to alternative accommodation (eg rent deposit) (£)

 

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial (less than full amount requested)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declined / Unsuccessful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of DHP applications to with short term rental costs while the claimant secures and moves to alternative accommodation

 

 

 

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial (less than full amount requested)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declined / Unsuccessful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total value of DHP applications to help with short term rental costs while the claimant secures and moves to alternative accommodation (£)

 

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial (less than full amount requested)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declined / Unsuccessful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of DHP applications to help with short term rental costs while the claimant seeks employment

 

 

 

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial (less than full amount requested)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declined / Unsuccessful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total value of DHP applications to help with short term rental costs while the claimant seeks employment (£)

 

 

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial (less than full amount requested)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declined / Unsuccessful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of DHP applications to help with on-going rental costs for disabled person in adapted accommodation

 

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial (less than full amount requested)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declined / Unsuccessful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total value of DHP applications to help with on-going rental costs for disabled person in adapted accommodation (£)

 

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial (less than full amount requested)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declined / Unsuccessful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of DHP applications to help with on-going rental costs for a foster carer

 

 

 

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial (less than full amount requested)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declined / Unsuccessful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total value of DHP applications to help with on-going rental costs for a foster carer (£)

 

 

 

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial (less than full amount requested)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declined / Unsuccessful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of DHP applications to help with on-going rental costs for any other reason

 

 

 

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial (less than full amount requested)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declined / Unsuccessful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total value of DHP applications to help with on-going rental costs for any other reason (£)

 

 

 

Successful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partial (less than full amount requested)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Declined / Unsuccessful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 2: Rent guarantees: financial year 2019/20

 

 

TOTAL

Care leavers

Not care leavers

16-24

25-34

35-44

45-54

55-64

65+

≤30

Rent guarantees issued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rent guarantees declined

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



East Herts Council Response

28 April 2021

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

Please see attached spreadsheet for details of data held. We are unable to extract some data in an automated fashion and to manually extract the details requested would require more than the 18 hours work specified in the FOI act.

 

With regard to the Council’s use of rent guarantee schemes:                                                                                                                                                                                             

The council does not provide rent guarantees.  The council does lodge deposits in the government guarantee schemes, in the council"s name, on behalf of applicants who are over 18 years and require a deposit to access private rented accommodation and do not have sufficient funds to prevent their homelessness.   However the council does not record the age of the applicants nor does it ask if they are care leavers. 

        

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.