Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) can help you for a short period if you need extra help with paying your rent.
We must be satisfied that you are in need of extra financial help.
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To claim a DHP, use our online application form below.
Before you apply, check what your DHP can be used for.
The amount of help that you can get, and the length of any awarded payment, depends on your circumstances. We may ask for evidence to support your application. This may include proof of any medical conditions or extra expenses.
In making a decision, we will consider:
We would not usually award a DHP if you could deal with your housing costs in other ways, such as by:
These payments are at the discretion of the council. They are subject to very limited funds, and are usually only intended for short periods of time.
DHPs are to support you if you are vulnerable, or to help you through a personal crisis. They can be used to pay for:
A DHP cannot be awarded where a shortfall is due to recovery of an overpayment. It also cannot be awarded for ineligible service charges which are included in your rent.
We will take into account any special circumstances, such as:
You must tell us immediately of any changes in your income and/or circumstances. You must also tell us of any changes to the income and/or circumstances of anyone who lives with you. This includes:
We are committed to combating fraud. It is a criminal offence to claim a DHP fraudulently. We will use our powers to prosecute if necessary.