Discretionary housing payments

We can make a discretionary housing payment (DHP) to top housing benefit. Our aim is to: 

  • reduce poverty
  • safeguard residents in their homes and prevent homelessness
  • keep families together
  • support the vulnerable
  • help those who are trying to help themselves
  • help customers through personal crises

The scheme should be seen as a 'short term' emergency fund. It is not and should not be considered as a way around any current or future entitlement restrictions set out within the housing benefit legislation.

To claim DHP you will need to complete a discretionary housing payment application form. You will need to print, complete and return the application form to us as the form must be signed.

Download DHP form

You can ask us by email to send you the form. 

See discretionary housing payments policy

Contact the benefits team

Telephone: 01732 844522