Discretionary Housing Payments
Discretionary Housing Payments “provide customers with further financial assistance, in addition to any welfare benefits, when a LA considers that help with housing costs is required.”
The government has added £30 million for 2013-14 and another £30 million for the following year which is specifically for people who have suffered a cut in HB as a result of the ‘bedroom tax’. Local Councils are waiting to hear how much they will get, but bear in mind that this sum will be divided up between all Councils.
Below you can download the Department of Work & Pensions “Discretionary Housing Payments Manual” for April 2013, which is guidance for Councils on how to implement the changes.
“The various types of shortfalls that a DHP can cover include:
- reductions in HB or UC where the benefit cap has been applied;
- reductions in HB or UC for under-occupation in the social rented sector;
- reductions in HB or UC as a result of local housing allowance restrictions;
- rent shortfall to prevent a household becoming homeless whilst the housing authority explores alternative options;
- rent officer restrictions such as local reference rent or shared room rate;
- non-dependant deductions;
- income tapers.”
DWP Discretionary Housing Payments Guidance for Councils
Here is a briefer explanation of DHP from Shelter :