Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) are for people receiving Housing Benefit or Universal Credit (that includes a Housing Cost element) who need financial help because their benefit does not cover their full rent.

The money comes from a cash limited fund so an award of DHP is normally only paid for a limited period. You can find out more in our DHP policy

We cannot pay DHPs:

  • for service charges not covered by Housing Benefit or Universal Credit
  • when your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit payments are suspended
  • to cover a shortfall that is caused by the recovery of an overpayment of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit

If you also have a shortfall between your Council Tax and Council Tax Support, you can apply for a Exceptional Hardship Fund payment (EHF) on the same form.