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Discretionary Housing Payments

What is a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)?

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are additional payments to help with rent or housing costs.

You must be in receipt of either Housing Benefit or the Housing Element of Universal Credit to be eligible.

Discretionary Housing Payments can be used to help with:

  • Rent shortfalls
  • Rent arrears
  • Rent deposit, bond or rent in advance
  • Other eligible housing costs

How much can I get?

The council will make a discretionary decision based on you and your household’s income, savings and expenditure and your reason for needing this help. The amount you receive will also depend on how much you already receive in Housing Benefit or the Housing Element of Universal Credit

How do I claim a DHP?

You can apply online using one of these two forms:

Apply for a DHP if you claim Housing Benefit

Apply for a DHP if you claim Universal Credit