Discretionary Housing Payment
- Category: Benefits
- Last Updated: 07 September 2016
The Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme covers shortfalls between rental liability and payment of Housing Benefit. Every claimant who is entitled to the minimum amount of Housing Benefit and who has a shortfall is entitled to make a claim for help.
If your Housing Benefit is less than your eligible rent, for whatever reason, you will have to make up the difference and pay it to your landlord. If you are struggling to meet the difference between the benefit you have been awarded and your full rent you may be able to request a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP).
The Discretionary Housing Fund is designed to provide short-term support for exceptional and unforeseen pressures that affect claimants ability to meet their rent liability which may be a result of changes in the health or the financial position of the members of the household. It is only a limited fund and once it has been used the council does not receive any more money until the next financial year so it is not guaranteed that you will be successful when making a claim.
To make a claim for a Discretionary Housing Payment you will need to complete an online form.
The council's revised Discretionary Housing Payment Policy is available to download and provides details of the main features of the DHP scheme and how we will operate it.