Orkney Islands Council
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Discretionary Housing Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments (or DHPs) are stand-alone payments to help recipients of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit (that includes a housing element towards rental liability) who are in need of further assistance with their housing costs.

Payments are made at the discretion of the Council.  Following the UK Government's welfare reform programme and the introduction of Housing Benefit reductions due to under-occupancy and the Benefit Cap there is an increased demand for Discretionary Housing Payments.

The UK and Scottish Governments have provided the Council with sufficient DHP funding to ensure that a DHP award can be made to all tenants who are affected by the Housing Benefit under-occupancy reductions.  Tenants affected by the reductions should ensure that they apply for a DHP. 

Additional information and how to apply

More information relating to Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) plus an Application Form is available from 'Related Downloads' section of this webpage.

If you have been affected by reductions in your Housing Benefit as you are under-occupying your property, or the Benefits Cap, you should complete the form entitled Discretionary Housing Payments - for those affected by under-occupancy or the benefits cap. This form is designed to make it easier for you to apply for DHP in these circumstances.