Question: Do You Have To Pay Back A Discretionary Housing Payment?

What is a council discretionary payment?


Discretionary Housing Payments ( DHPs ) can provide extra money when your council decides that you need extra help to meet your housing costs.

They will decide whether to give you a DHP , how much you will be paid and for how long you will receive the payment..

What can discretionary housing payments be used for?

Discretionary Housing Payment is a payment you may receive at the discretion of your local authority which can help towards housing costs. … your Local Housing Allowance is lower than your rent in private rented property. your Housing Benefit is reduced because of non-dependant deductions/housing costs contributions.

Can Universal Credit help with moving costs?

If you are eligible for Housing Benefit, or Universal Credit, then you may be able to apply for a DHP, these can be awarded to those that require further financial assistance with housing costs. They can be used for a range of things such as meeting a shortfall in rent, removal costs and deposits.

Will universal credit pay my deposit?

If you receive, or are entitled to, housing benefit or Universal Credit (UC) housing costs, you can apply to your local council for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) for help with the cost of your deposit.

Will universal credit pay my rent arrears?

If you’re behind with your rent If you’re 2 months or more behind on your rent, your landlord can ask for some of your Universal Credit to be paid directly to them. This will help you pay off the debt. … They might be able to give your landlord less money for rent arrears.

What is a hardship payment?

If your Universal Credit has been cut because of a sanction or penalty for fraud, you might be able to get some emergency money to help you cover household expenses like food and bills. This is called a ‘hardship payment’. A hardship payment is usually a loan, so you’ll have to pay it back when your sanction ends.

Can the council help me move?

Grants for Moving Home Often grants can be awarded not just for moving costs, but for help with rent deposits, furniture, white goods, and even vouchers for household goods. … Housing benefit will not always cover your rent, but your local council may be able to help with a discretionary housing payment.

Can the council help me with a deposit?

Help paying your tenancy deposit Your local council might be able to cover the cost of your deposit through a rent deposit scheme or rent guarantee scheme. … You might also be able to get a deposit through a homelessness prevention fund or social services.

How is a discretionary housing payment paid?

A Discretionary Housing Payment will be paid in the same way and at the same time as your Housing Benefit payment. If you are in receipt of Universal Credit a Discretionary Housing Payment will be paid either by BACS or in certain circumstances directly to your landlord.

What is the maximum housing benefit allowance?

The maximum amount of Housing Benefit payable is: 100% of your eligible rent (after any ineligible service charges) If you are not working, your maximum housing benefit will be restricted so that the most you can receive in all benefits paid will be £500 per week for a couple or family or £350 for a single person.

Who can claim discretionary housing payment?

Discretionary Housing Payment is a payment you may receive at the discretion of your local authority which can help towards housing costs. You can only get it if you are entitled to Housing Benefit or the Housing Costs element of Universal Credit.

How long can I get discretionary housing payment?

The payment could be made to you or direct to your landlord. There is no limit to length of time over which Discretionary Housing Payments can be made. It could be a one-off or an indefinite award.

What is discretionary housing payment in Scotland?

A discretionary housing payment is an additional sum of money that can be paid to you if: You receiving housing benefit and require additional help to meet your housing costs. Discretionary housing payments can be paid weekly, or can be a lump sum, they may also be backdated.

Can you apply for DHP on universal credit?

DHPs can be awarded to top up Housing Benefit or Universal Credit housing costs where there is a shortfall between the rent you have to pay and the amount you get in Housing Benefit or Universal Credit housing costs.

Who is entitled to full housing benefit?

To claim Housing Benefit you usually have to: have a low income or be claiming other benefits. be at least 16 years old – if you’ve been in care you’ll need to be at least 18. either have less than £16,000 in savings or be getting the guarantee part of Pension Credit.