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What are Discretionary Housing Payments?

 

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?

DHP's are 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.
 

Discretionary Housing 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- Dependant deductions.

 

Discretionary Housing Payment cannot be awarded towards any of the following;

  • Council Tax Support
  • Ineligible services or support charges.
  • Housing Benefit has been suspended.    

 

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.

 

 

Contacts

 

Housing Benefit & Council Tax Support Enquiries Revenues & Benefits
Telephone: (01902) 696668 South Staffordshire Council
Fax: (01902) 696630 Wolverhampton Road
Email: benefits@sstaffs.gov.uk

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