Discretionary Housing Payments
YOU MUST BE IN RECEIPT OF HOUSING BENEFIT OR THE HOUSING ELEMENT OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT TO APPLY FOR DHP.
If once you get housing benefit or housing element of Universal Credit it does not cover your full rent you can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) for a short period of time until you sort out your finances or move to accommodation that is covered by your housing benefits.
DHP can also be applied for to help with moving costs but please note you will be asked to supply three quotes from Removal Companies and you need to apply in advance of your move so a decision can be made. We cannot consider an application if you move before you apply.
DHP will not be paid to clear arrears.
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.