Discretionary Housing Payments


Sometimes, Housing Benefit or Universal Credit is not enough for you to pay your rent. We can award extra money with a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) if we believe you need short-term financial support paying your rent.

You must be in receipt of Housing Benefit or the Housing Element of Universal Credit to apply for a DHP.

We may also be able to issue one off payments for disabled adaptations and moving costs.


How to claim

To claim a DHP you can complete an online application form or you can contact us to request a claim form. Our details are at the bottom of this page.

Please read our Discretionary Housing Payment Guide.


Rent in advance

Our Housing team may be able to help you with rent in advance. Please see their pages for more information on the criteria to be met and how to apply.