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Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP)

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

We award DHP in certain circumstances to:

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

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
  • It cannot cover ineligible services such as meals or water rates.

How to apply

You can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) online.

What happens next

Once you submit your form, we will send you an email confirmation. It's really important that you get all the information we've requested to us as soon as possible, otherwise your claim could be delayed. If we have everything we need, your claim should be processed within 21 working days.

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.