Single Discretionary Award Policy

Consultation Details

Title: Single Discretionary Award Policy and Welfare Strategy for Derby
Start date: 29/02/2016
Closing date: 23/05/2016
Status: Closed
Why are we consulting?

Derby City Council currently provides support to those residents most in need through three separate discretionary payment schemes; Local Assistance (LAS), Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) and Council Tax Hardship (CTH). These three schemes have been partially funded by the Department of Work and Pensions through funding which the Council has to use to support those residents in need.

In the Government's Emergency Budget July 2015 changes to the thresholds for Benefits’ Caps and reductions in welfare expenditure were announced as well as an earlier rollout of the new Universal Credit system and a commitment to helping people back into work.

In response to the Governments Welfare Reform Programme, the Council are proposing a new Single Discretionary Award Policy that will replace the three current awards; Discretionary Hardship Payment Policy, Council Tax Hardship Policy and Local Assistance Policy. This will form part of a proposed Welfare Strategy for Derby.

The consultation will allow anyone who has previously applied or who may in the future apply for an award the opportunity to have their say on the proposals.

Who are we consulting?

Residents who are currently receiving an award, residents who may qualify for an award and anyone with an interest in the proposed Single Discretionary Award Policy and Welfare Strategy for Derby.

Organisation carrying out the consultation:                     Derby City Council
Lead contact/s:

Kate Green
Telephone: 01332 293111


Please note, this consultation is now closed.

View the proposed Single Discretionary Award Policy and Welfare Strategy for Derby and have your say through the online survey. You can also view Frequently Asked Questions.    


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