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, normally not exceeding 3 months. Some people may qualify for longer term support.
Claim a Discretionary Housing Payment
Anyone who is currently claiming Housing Benefit or Universal Credit–Housing Costs and requires more help with rental/housing costs can apply.