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Discretionary housing payments


A Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) is extra money that you may be able to claim to help you pay:

  • rent - when Housing Benefit (HB) does not meet the full rent
  • lump sum costs associated with a housing need, for example removal costs
  • rent arrrears
  • rent in advance
  • bonds and deposits

To be eligible to claim you must be entitled to claim HB, or housing costs paid by Universal Credit. We cannot help with some parts of your rent, for instance if meals, heating, lighting, hot water or water rates are included.

We can only award you a DHP if we believe that your circumstances call for further financial help. Each case is assessed on its individual merits. Your finances and personal circumstances, and those of the other people living with you are taken into account when making our decision.

You can find more information about the qualifying conditions for a DHP award by reading our DHP policy

Any DHP award's we make are usually for a limited period to allow the person receiving the award to take steps to improve their financial situation, for example, by seeking debt advice, or by reducing their rent by moving to a more affordable property. The DHP fund is cash-limited. This means we only have a limited amount of money. Once the fund has been used further DHP's cannot be awarded. 

Apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment