£5.9m Paid Out in Housing Deficiency Payments

DoI Minister Tim Crookall has revealed that his dept has paid out just under £6m in

The dept paid a total of £5,909,852 to authorities, with only Onchan and Rushen commissioners not receiving any payments in the previous two years.

Mr Crookall had been asked to confirm what deficiency claims, funding the gap between rental income and annual costs, were made by each social housing provider in each of the last two financial years by Onchan MHK Rob Callister.

In his response, Mr Crookall said that ‘Housing Deficiency Payments (HDP) are not claimed but are forecast, using the Departments IT software, using expected costs’.

The Minister added: ‘The deficiency payments are issued from the Department on a quarterly basis to those Local Authorities that require it with the fourth quarter being issued after a review of actual spend undertaken throughout the year.’

Douglas Borough Council, the island’s largest housing authority, was paid £1.3m in 202/21, with Ramsey also topping the million with payments totalling £1.2m.

Interestingly, the regional sheltered housing in the north and south, as well as the Peel and Western District Board, all required significant payments over the past two years totalling close to, or over, £1m between 2019 to 2021.

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