Benefits - Discretionary housing payment
We have a cash limited fund to help meet some housing costs. The Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme allows councils the discretion to help people on a low income with their housing costs where Housing Benefit (HB) or Universal Credit (UC) housing element alone does not meet all of their needs.
Housing costs may include:
- Rental liability
- Rent in advance
- Other lump sum costs associated with a housing need such as removal costs
Following the abolition of Council Tax benefit from April 2013, DHPs can no longer be used to assist with Council Tax liability.
A Discretionary Housing Payment is not a payment of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit. A Discretionary Housing Payment can only be awarded where a person is in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit housing element in the same week that a Discretionary Housing Payment is awarded for.
Who can claim
The Discretionary Housing Payment scheme is discretionary and a customer does not have a statutory right to receive an award.
In addition the amount that can be paid out by a council in any financial year is restricted by the Government.
How to claim