Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland: 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023

This publication provides information on Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) in Scotland over the twelve-month period from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

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Official statistics: Applications, determinations, awards and award total value

Applications figures are for applications received during the period 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023, while figures for determinations and awards are for any applications processed during the same period (Table 2). Between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023:

Local authorities received approximately 123,675 applications for DHPs and made 143,725 decisions. Five local authorities made more decisions than they received applications – the reasons for this are explained in the data quality section.

During the same period local authorities made 136,800 DHP awards. Six local authorities made more awards than they received applications. One reason for this is that multiple awards can be made on one application, and this means that the figure for number of awards does not equate to the number of people receiving awards.

The total value of awards was £79.4 million, which was 1% greater than at the same point in the previous year (Chart 1), and the average award value was £580, which was lower than at the same point in the previous year (£594).

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