What are Discretionary Housing
Discretionary Housing Payments
(DHP) are an independent scheme administered by
authorities which also administer Housing Benefit. They are not a
form of Housing Benefit, and so the Housing Benefit appeals
procedures do not apply.
Who can get a
Discretionary Housing Payment?
available to anyone in Great Britain who is entitled to Housing
Benefit and appear to the authority to require some further
financial assistance in order to meet housing costs.
Payments could be used for such things as;
Making up the shortfall in eligible
rent where the rent has been restricted by the Rent Officer Service
or the Local Housing Allowance rates.
Where your entitlement
to Housing Benefit has been calculated based upon your income
and capital and your full rent is not being met.
To make up the effect of Non-
Payment cannot be awarded towards any of the
- Council Tax Support
- Ineligible services or support
- Housing Benefit has been
It is a discretionary scheme and
therefore there are no rigid rules, if you are not sure if you
would qualify for Discretionary Housing Benefit
please complete this form Discretionary
Housing Payments (doc). You can also obtain this
form by contacting our offices by telephone or written request and
we will send these details in the post to you.
Additional information is also
available on the government website; click here.
|Housing Benefit &
Council Tax Support Enquiries
|Telephone: (01902) 696668
||South Staffordshire Council
|Fax: (01902) 696630