Discretionary Housing Payments
If your Housing Benefit doesn’t cover all of your rent and you are having difficulty paying the shortfall, you may be able to get a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) to help.
A DHP can help, for example if you:
- are seeking more affordable accommodation
- are affected by the introduction of the benefit cap and are seeking employment
- have been affected by previous Housing Benefit changes such as the extension of the Local Housing Allowance shared room rate to under 35s
- have higher living costs because you are sick or disabled.
The award of a DHP is a discretionary decision and there is no statutory right to a payment. Each application will be treated strictly on its own merits.
There is a limited amount of money available to the Council to provide this help. Due to this, any payment made is likely to be for a short period of time only.
You may wish to read our DHP Policy.
To apply download the application.