Who can claim ?
Anyone who needs more help with housing costs and is currently claiming:
- Housing Benefit
- Universal Credit with housing costs towards rental liability
Government funding for Discretionary Housing Payments has been given to local councils to help those affected by welfare reforms including:
- The benefit cap
- Removal of the spare room subsidy, also known as the bedroom tax
Depending on their circumstances, some people may qualify for longer term support.
How a payment can be used
A DHP can cover housing costs, such as:
- A rent shortfall
- Rent deposits or rent in advance if you need to move home
- Paying off rent arrears
How to claim
It depends on your council, but you may be able to apply for a DHP online. Alternatively, call them for advice.Find your local council