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Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP)

If you get Housing Benefit or Universal Credit but need extra help with rent then you may be able to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP).

What DHP is for

We award DHP in certain circumstances to:

  • help claimants through difficult personal events
  • temporarily help with housing costs
  • help those affected by a reduction to their benefit caused by the benefit cap or 'bedroom tax'

What you need to be aware of

The purpose of a DHP is to help you out temporarily, the extra money is not a long term solution. 

You should remember that we only generally accept DHP claims from people who have a short fall in their housing benefit due to rent restriction on their claim, for example, LHA, benefit cap, or under occupancy reductions.

It is also important to note that:

  • we don't often meet the entire shortfall in your housing costs
  • payments are from a limited fund
  • payments are usually awarded for short periods only

How to apply

Did you know you can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) online!

The best way to do this is to create an account with us. Once you have done this, you will be able to make the application through your account, and track its progress from start to finish.

To continue completing a form without creating an account, click on the button below. If you apply this way you will not be able to track the progress of your application.

Re-applying for DHP

If you want to reapply after an initial award we will only consider claims if you're able to show that you have special circumstances or that you've taken steps to help your circumstances. This would include seeking cheaper accommodation, additional income or help with your budget.