A DHP is a payment made by a local authority towards certain housing costs where a person is in receipt of Housing Benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit. DHP’s are discretionary which means that there is no automatic right to a payment.
DHP’s are paid from a limited fund which means that the local authority has a fixed amount of money each year. For this reason not all applications will receive an award and sometimes awards will be made for lower than the amount requested.
The local authority will decide if they can help you by looking at you and your household's income, savings, expenses and why you need assistance
Examples of when a DHP might be paid are:
The maximum you might get is your full rent minus the amount of Housing Benefit or Housing Element of your Universal Credit. For example, a couple pay £65 per week rent. They get £45.00 per week Housing Benefit. The maximum DHP would be £20 per week.
In most cases, the maximum is £50 per week. If you have been affected by the Benefit Cap you may sometimes be allowed more.
You need to fill in an application form which you can download from this page. Or, you can pick up a form at one of our enquiry offices.
You must make sure that the application form is fully completed and you give full detailed answers to the questions on the form and provide proofs where necessary.
If you have a right of appeal this will be detailed on the letter we send you. Any appeals will be dealt with by a Council officer who was not involved in making the original decision.
After this, if you still don't agree with our decision, you can make a further appeal which will be heard by a panel of Council Members.