Discretionary housing payments policy note

January 2015

This policy note considers the role that discretionary housing payments (DHPs) have played over the last four years in mitigating the impact of ‘welfare reform’. Specifically, it considers the extent to which DHPs have provided sufficient time and space for families to adapt to reduced levels of state support reducing risk of homelessness, as well as the role that DHPs have played protecting vulnerable groups from unlawful implementation of key provisions of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

The note looks at the role that DHPs have played in the passing of legislation, subsequent legal challenges and how funding has been spent to date. It also draws conclusions on what this means for future funding levels.