Discretionary Housing Payments
Each year the Government gives local authorities money to help customers who don’t receive maximum housing benefit or UC–housing costs and who suffer hardship as a result.
The various types of shortfalls that a DHP can cover include (but not limited to) the following:
- reductions in HB or UC-Housing Costs where the benefit cap has been applied
- reductions in HB or UC-Housing Costs following the removal of spare room subsidy in the social rented sector
- reductions in HB or UC-Housing Costs as a result of local housing allowance restrictions
- rent officer restrictions such as local reference rent or shared room rate
There are only limited funds available which means if we can help you it is usually only for a short period of time. Some people may qualify for longer term support.
Claim a Discretionary Housing Payment
To apply please complete our Discretionary Housing Payment form by clicking the green button below.
Anyone who is currently claiming Housing Benefit or Universal Credit–Housing Costs and requires more help with rental/housing costs can apply.