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Discretionary Housing Payments

 

Click here to download a discretionary housing application form

You may be able to get more help towards your rent.

Discretionary Housing Payments are payments, which are made in addition to Housing Benefit if we are able to determine that additional help towards the cost of your rent is needed. It is paid from a limited government fund where your current benefit award does not fully cover your rent.

Discretionary Housing Payments are only for helping with short term problems. If you are awarded a payment it will be for a fixed short period of time and should not be considered as a long term solution to your current situation.

There are some conditions that apply in respect of the scheme as follows:

  • You must receive Housing Benefit and your circumstances must be such that you need extra help with your housing costs
  • That the amount of Discretionary Housing Payment paid, when added to your Housing Benefit entitlement must not be more than your rent liability. Payment will normally start from the Monday following the day we receive your application
  • You cannot afford to pay the shortfall in rent out of your existing budget

Discretionary Housing Payments are made at the Council’s discretion. There are no rules that give anyone the right to receive a payment and each application will be considered on its own merits. You will need to demonstrate that you do not have the means to pay the shortfall in your rent and that you have not intentionally taken on a tenancy that you knew you could not afford. In order for the award to be considered we may need to ask you for some additional information, which some people may find to be intrusive, however it is important to remember that we will only ask for information that is necessary in order for a decision to be made. The period of time that an award will be made for will vary depending on the individual circumstances of the person applying, however as previously stated it will only be for a short period of time in order to give you the opportunity to make alternative arrangements to cover the shortfall in your rent.

If you want to claim a DHP, contact us to ask for an application form. Alternatively you can download the Discretionary Housing Payment application form which you must print, complete and return to us.

Click here to download a discretionary housing application form

You can also view the Discretionary Housing Payment Scheme (DHP) Policy and Guidance.

Discretionary Housing Payment Policy