Discretionary Housing Administration Framework 2019/20
Who can get Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP)
Local Authorities have discretion to award a DHP to a person who is entitled to Housing Benefit (HB), and who, in the opinion of the authority, requires some further financial assistance to help with their housing costs or to move to more affordable accomodation. As part of the application process we may have to contact your landlord for information on your tenancy.
Period of claim
Authorities have discretion as to the period over which they award a DHP and are free to decide the start and end dates of entitlement, whether to backdate, and the method and frequency of payment.