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Discretionary Housing Payment

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) provide customers with financial assistance when the Council thinks that additional help with housing costs is needed.

DHP awards are expected to be short term awards to overcome temporary situations and to give customers time to seek assistance, resolve their difficulties and enable them to secure, retain and pay for affordable accommodation.

Whether a DHP award is granted, how much it is and for how long it is paid will be a decision for the Council and will entirely depend on an individual's circumstances. Each case is treated on its own merits.

Who can claim DHPs?

Anyone who requires further help with housing costs and is currently in receipt of Housing Benefit or Housing Costs via Universal Credit.

What information do I need to provide?

As part of the DHP application you may be asked to provide further information, which we will contact you about if this applies to you. This could include recent bank statements and Universal Credit award details.

***Please ensure that the form is completed in full, with an e-mail address and telephone number so that we can contact you if further information is required***

Discretionary Housing Payment form

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