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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.

The Government has provided the Council with sufficient funding to ensure that a DHP award can be made to all tenants who are affected by the Universal Credit and Housing Benefit under-occupancy reductions (sometimes known as the size criteria or bedroom tax).  Tenants affected by the reductions should ensure that they apply.

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.

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