Funding for those struggling with housing costs to continue


The scheme helps where benefits in Universal Credit does not alone meet a person’s needs

Funding totalling over £400,000 has been secured by Cherwell District Council to help local people on low incomes cover their housing need costs.

On Monday the council’s Executive approved its Discretionary Housing Funding Policy for next financial year.

Just under half the money comes from the Department for Works and Pensions, who have allocated Cherwell £187,383.   The rest – some £215,383 – has come from Oxfordshire County Council and Covid Outbreak Management Funds.

Councillor Adam Nell, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance, said: “We are dedicated to identifying and assisting our most vulnerable residents by effectively using this Discretionary Housing Payments funding.

“These funds can provide one-off payments and ongoing support to families experiencing exceptional needs due to changes in their Housing Benefit or Universal Credit housing costs. Covering this shortfall is crucial support which enables these families to maintain stable housing.

“We are determined to support all our residents through these difficult times as we strive to build strong and inclusive communities.”

The Discretionary Housing Payments scheme was introduced in 2001.   It allows councils the ability to help people on a low income with their housing costs where Housing Benefit or Housing Costs included in Universal Credit does not alone meet all their needs.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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