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Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)

What DHP can pay for

A DHP may be paid if: 

  • there is a shortfall between your eligible rent and your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit
  • there is a non-dependant deduction and the non-dependant is unable to pay the deduction themselves
  • there is a reduction in Housing Benefit or Universal Credit due to the benefit cap
  • there are government policy changes that limit the amount of Housing Benefit payable
  • you have had to pay a rent deposit or rent in advance
  • you have had to pay out money because of a housing need, such as a moving expense

A DHP will not be paid:

  • if there is not a shortfall between your eligible rent and Housing Benefit or Universal Credit award
  • for amounts included in your rent such as water rates, gas, electricity or food (known as ineligible service charges)
  • where your landlord has put your rent up because you have rent arrears
  • where your housing benefit is being reduced because you owe money for an earlier overpayment
Page last updated: 09 January 2019
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