The money was supposed to last a year – but new figures show 84 per cent was spent in the first six months
Councils in the West Midlands are in danger of running out of cash to help poor residents hit by government housing reforms.
Birmingham has spent 35% of its £3.8 million handed out to help deal with housing issues like the “bedroom tax” – meaning more than £1.3 million has been shelled out.
Meanwhile, Dudley council was given an extra £672,883 by ministers last April to help deal with problems caused by the so-called ‘bedroom tax’, the introduction of a benefits cap, and reforms to other housing benefits.
The money was supposed to last a year – but new figures show £564,556, or 84%, was spent in the first six months.
Some £432,800 went on helping people hit by the bedroom tax, which removed extra help with rent for those deemed to have a ‘spare’ bedroom.
Wolverhampton council had spent 47% of its £806,530 allocation by September, while Sandwell had spent 41% of its £1,029,913 and Coventry 41% of its £788,669.