Discretionary Housing Payment
If you are struggling to pay your rent and you are already receiving Housing Benefit you may be eligible for Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) from your local council..
DHP can provide extra money when your council decides that you need extra help to meet your housing costs.
Your council will look at your circumstances to see whether you are eligible for a DHP. They will decide whether to give you a DHP, how much you will be paid and for how long you will receive the payment.
Who can claim a Discretionary Housing Payment?
Anyone who needs more help with housing costs and is currently claiming:
You cannot get a DHP to help with council tax, although some councils run similar funds alongside their local Council Tax Support schemes.
The government has given councils funding to give DHPs to people who have been impacted by welfare reforms including:
Some people may qualify for longer term support.
How can a payment be used?
You may be given a DHP to cover housing costs, such as:
How do I make a claim?
This will depend on your council. You can find their contact details on letters from them, or check at –www.gov.uk/find-your-local-council.
More information on DHP is available is available at the following links:
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