Council bidding to boost DHP funds as government cuts kick in

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Central Government, Housing

Birmingham City Council is bidding for an extra £2 million to help people struggling to pay their rent in the wake of the government's welfare reforms. The council says that is has seen a huge increase in the number of people applying for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) since 1 April. The local authority has now applied to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, for permission to bolster the £3.77m DHP fund with a further £2 million...

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