On the eve of this week's budget, local Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes welcomed confirmation that the government has given a further £500,000 to Southwark Council for discretionary housing benefit.
The money is going to help with the rent of many local council and housing association tenants on low incomes who need additional help. Combined with an earlier grant of £250,000 received in December, this means that Southwark Council has now received money to pay discretionary housing benefit in this financial year for tenants with spare bedrooms who have shown that they need extra financial help.
Simon Hughes, who has regularly pushed the government for this funding over recent months, said:
'It is really good news that the government has accepted the case for additional housing benefit money for many Southwark tenants.
'Ministers in the Department of Work and Pensions regularly told me they would provide Southwark with extra money if Southawrk needed it, and the government has now delivered.
'Southwark Council has now received the money to help people who struggled to pay their rent after the change in housing benefit rules last year and through no fault of their own.
'I will continue to work with ministers and council officers to make sure that, if we need extra money next year as well, then we will make another well-argued case for more financial help.'