Dawn's written question on Social Security Benefits answered
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to provide additional support to local authorities in areas with most people who will be affected by the benefit cap.
Marcus Jones - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government):
The Government will increase funding for Discretionary Housing Payments to a total of £800 million across the Parliament to enable local authorities to help people who need extra support with housing costs. As in previous years, funding will be allocated to local authorities based on local pressures, including housing benefit caseload and the effects of reforms in Housing Benefit. We consider these local impacts each year during our allocation of Discretionary Housing Payment funds, and this will continue.