Discretionary Housing Payments
A discretionary housing payment (DHP) is a short term payment awarded to people who need help paying their rent.
Entitlement to claim DHP
To claim DHP you must be entitled to
- Housing Benefit or
- a housing cost element as part of your Universal Credit award.
You must also show that you are unable to pay your rent.
An award is payable for a period of 6 or 12 months, depending on your circumstances.
You may also qualify if
- there has been a reduction in your housing benefit/housing cost element of your Universal Credit award to the local housing allowance (LHA) shared room rate.
- the LHA rate does not cover the cost of your rent.
- you are having difficulty making ends meet due to an illness affecting a member of the household.
- a reduction in your housing benefit/housing cost element of your Universal Credit award, for example, sons and daughters who are over 18 and working.
- if there is a reduction in your housing benefit/housing cost element of your Universal Credit as you have income over the threshold of £296.35 for a single person or £384.62 for a couple/family and the benefit cap has been applied.
When you cannot claim DHP
You cannot get a payment towards your rent if you receive
- full Housing Benefit or
- the housing cost element of your Universal Credit pays your full rent costs.
A DHP cannot pay towards most service charges included in your rent liability.
Apply for DHP
The council has limited funds for DHP. The amount you receive will depend on your disposable income. Due to limited funds being available the award may not meet the full shortfall beween your rent costs and Housing Benefit/Housing Cost Element of your Universal Credit award.
For Further Information Contact
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000