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KEY FACTS

  • Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP’) are payments made to help people who get some Housing Benefit or Universal Credit that includes a housing element, who need extra help to pay their rent.
  • DHPs are not payments of benefit. They are freestanding payments to be made at the discretion of the Local Authority, subject to an annual cash limit, where the claimant ‘appears to (the) authority to require some further financial assistance….in order to meet housing costs’.
  • They are governed by The Discretionary Financial Assistance Regulations
  • They can be paid as on-going payments or as a lump sum eg to clear arrears.







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