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Cut of £40m in help for tenants will ‘drive up homelessness’

Renters’ groups shocked as funding in England and Wales for rent shortfalls or deposits is cut to below pre-pandemic levels

The government is cutting the funding it gives to councils in England and Wales to help struggling tenants by more than a fifth, with critics warning the move will drive up homelessness following the recent end of the Covid evictions ban and the end of the furlough scheme in September.

Discretionary housing payments (DHPs) provide financial support to people claiming housing benefit or universal credit who face rent shortfalls or need assistance with payments such as rent deposits in order to move home.

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