Housing support for families in need
Housing payments to Haringey families at risk of becoming homeless will be protected, after Haringey Council agreed to cover a funding reduction from central government.
Discretionary Housing Payments are an emergency government fund – paid through local authorities – for the least well-off households who are unable to meet their housing costs.
This year, the government’s allocation to Haringey is £1,563,947 – a 1.9% reduction on last year, or £30,398. But Haringey’s Cabinet agreed to fill the gap to ensure support for local families stays the same.
Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, Leader of Haringey Council, said:
Austerity and government cuts continue to threaten some of the least well-off residents in our borough. At Haringey Council we are taking a clear, strong, stand by committing to protect Discretionary Housing Payments and to maintain support for households threatened with homelessness. This is the latest in a number of steps this administration has taken over the last year as we continue our committed work to make Haringey a fairer and more equal borough.
In 2018/19, there were a total of 1,669 DHP awards to 727 separate claimants, all of whom were at serious risk of being made homeless due to financial hardship. Next year, that figure is expected to rise.
The decision to top up the Discretionary Housing Payments fund is in keeping with the council’s commitments to prevent homelessness and help residents to sustain their tenancies.
It follows previous decisions to make taxation fairer, by offering 100% relief for some of our least well-off families with children through our council tax reduction scheme. Meanwhile, owners of long-term empty properties will now pay double the amount of council tax, in a bid to free up empty homes and tackle the borough’s housing crisis.
Haringey has also committed to delivering 1,000 council homes at council rent by 2022 – one of the key pledges made by Cabinet, and last year launched the Fairness Commission, working with residents and the community to make Haringey a fairer and more equal borough.
The full Cabinet report on Discretionary Housing Payments is available here
You can read about our commitment to making taxation fairer here
And there’s more on the Fairness Commission here