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Maximising Income: Discretionary Housing Payments

KEY FACTS

  • Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) 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.


Claims

Who can claim and how?

How Much

How much can someone get?

Payments

How are they paid?

Changes in Circs

What if the claimant has a change in circumstances?

Overpayments

"Can the LA recover a DDHP overpayment and how?

Guidance

How the LA makes a decision about who can have a DHP.

Appeals

How to challenge a decision not to award a DHP.

DHP Pot

How much is in the DHP pot?






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