Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

Discretionary Housing Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments are payments that we may be able to make to give you further assistance towards your rent.

To be eligible for Discretionary Housing Payments you must be in receipt of Housing Benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit and require further assistance in order to meet your housing costs.

Other than the eligibility outlined above, there are no qualifying criteria as such, each application will be considered on its own merits and we will decide if a payment can be made and if so, how much and for how long.

Payments are usually awarded for only a short period of time.

As these payments are made at the Local Authority’s discretion, there is no formal right of appeal to the Tribunal Service against a claim that is turned down, but we have our own internal review process and you can write to us to request that the decision is looked at again.

To apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment, please complete an application form.