What is it?
Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are payments awarded, by
the Council, from a cash-limited fund, where severe exceptional
circumstances mean you need additional help with Housing costs.
DHPs do not cover the cost of ineligible services which are
included in your rent such as fuel, meals etc. It is a temporary
"top up" to your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit to help you
through a difficult period, particularly financial hardship. They
are not intended as long-term payments. You must be eligible for
some Housing Benefit or Council tax benefit before you can claim
from the DHP fund.
Can I claim a DHP?
You can make a claim for a DHP if;
- you currently get Housing Benefit(HB) or Council Tax
- your HB or CTB is less than the full amount of your Rent or
- the council is satisfied that you need more help with housing
costs for example help to move to a cheaper property or rent
in advance on a cheaper property.
How do we decide who gets a DHP?
We look at things like:
- your total income and savings
- whether anyone else can help you financially
- any loans or debts you are repaying
- whether you could ease the situation yourself by re-arranging
- whether you or anyone in your household has any special needs
or health issues
- whether you are in arrears with rent and/or Council Tax
How are DHPs paid?
Although they are not classed as Housing Benefit payments we add
them on to your HB or CTB award. So, if you are a private
tenant, you would get your DHP payment added to your rent
allowance. Council tax DHP would be credited to your bill.
How can I make a claim?
For more information on DHPs please visit our Forms &
Leaflets to download page to print off a form. Send your form
back to us at Benefits Unit, DHP, Queen's Buildings, Potter Street,
Worksop, Notts, S80 2AH. You can also phone to make an
appointment with a money advisor in one of our one stop shops
or help-points, on Worksop 01909 533710 or email us at
and we will send you a form.
Last Updated - 03/04/2013