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The figures confirm research by Inside Housing published in November, which found councils were on course to hand back millions of unspent discretionary housing payment funds in April next year.
The Department for Work and Pensions figures, released on Friday, show one in six councils have committed to pay out less than a quarter of its pot.
Esther McVey, minister for employment, said:‘We are fixing the benefits system, but we have ensured help is there for people as we go through the changes. There is a significant amount of cash still available to help people who need extra support – despite scare stories that the funding would run out in a matter of months.
‘It is encouraging that the vast majority of councils appear to be spending the money wisely and ensuring it goes to the people who need it most. But the cash is there to be used and we urge people who need an extra bit of help to contact their local authority.’
Additional DHP funding of £20m was announced in the summer with £3.3m so far awarded to 29 councils.
Welfare Reform was bound to increase the number of people who needed short term support and this is why these funds were made available - while these local authorities are holding on to the money private landlords are suffering increases in rent arrears. It is just not on!!
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This just proves the continuing contempt that councils have towards PRS LL.
What they should have done with those funds is ensure the PRS LL received his contracted rent irrespective of whether the tenant used the LHA to pay the rent.
Then the council could 'clawback' the DHP from the tenant's other benefits.
Then these tenants would realise there is no way of avoiding using LHA for rent.
The council or DWP will recover the HB from these wrongun tenants so there is little incentive to spend the rent on other things as your benefits will be reduced until the council have recovered the mis-spent HB.
That is what should have happened.
But no these odious little councils would rather return these DHP monies and leave the PRS LL stitched up by these disgusting; feckless HB claimants.
Councils are quasi-anti PRS LL organisations and I despise them them with all my being.
I would NEVER help a council out with tenants on principle.
Tell that to the
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href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PROPERTY&src=hash">#PROPERTY 70% of Councils holding money meant to help those in need. While PRS deal with rent arrears <a
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councils appear 2B spending money wisely. It goes to the people who need it most. Give them <a
href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Charity&src=hash">#Charity status I say
Tell that to the LL that have not been paid the HB rent monies because the tenant has made paying for Christmas a priority; but paying for it with the LL rent.
Why should the DHP NOT be used to pay the LL when the tenant fails to pay the rent!?
Then the tenant can owe the council the DHP monies.
Sorry the feckless tenant will always find excuses not to use the HB for its intended purpose if the tenant needs their money for other reasons.
Until there are adverse effects from not using the the HB for rent then these feckless will continue in their feckless ways.
DHP should be used to pay the LL again if the LL has not been given the HB.
Then the council reclaims over a period of months from the tenant the extra DHP made to the LL because of the tenant's refusal to pass on the HB to the LL.
Until the eviction laws are changed these feckless tenants can use the LL as a very cheap.......................nay FREE payday loan.
They know it takes ages to be evicted and know most LL won't bother if they are in rent arrears a couple of months at a time.
The LL will tend to keep them and suffer late rent.
I wouldn't keep a p--s--taking tenant on principle but most tenants know a LL will usually not bother getting rid of them.
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If you have a benefits tenant behind on their rent please apply for the discretionary housing payment mentioned above there is still lots of the £20m left and it's to assist with securing and maintaining a tenancy. If your housing benefit tenant has fallen behind help them claim it and get back on track.
Let Sir Terry Wogan explain it - > http://www.mostpeoplesavemoney.co.uk
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