Discretionary housing payment
In special circumstances you may be able to receive a Discretionary Housing Payment if you have a shortfall between the amount of Housing Benefit or Housing Element of Universal Credit paid, and your contractual rent.
They are awarded at the council’s discretion and the money available is limited. This means that awards are only made for short periods and are only given in cases of extreme financial hardship.
- We will look at your financial and personal circumstances before we decide whether to grant further financial assistance towards your rent.
- In order to receive a Discretionary Housing Payment, you will have to demonstrate that your circumstances are exceptional. You will also need to demonstrate that you would be suffering severe financial hardship if you did not receive the extra help.
If you would like to apply for an Discretionary Housing Payment you will need to complete an application online.