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Discretionary housing payments

Monstermunch1310 Community member Posts: 18 Connected
My rent for the past couple of years have been more than my private rent so my parents have been helping me out  Have just been told there is discretionary housing payment is this correct? I claim esa and pip for mental health and also mobility issues please can someone advise me please I live in Oxford. Thanks Barry 


  • Steve_in_The_City
    Steve_in_The_City Scope Member Posts: 497 Pioneering
    edited April 24
    Hi Barry. Please be aware that DHP is not a right. I don't know the in's and out's; there are folk on the forum who are better able to advise on benefits. As far as I know DHP is usually a short-term solution to help with rent, but I received it for 2.5 years because as a council tenant I was downsizing from a 2 bed designated 4 person flat to a 1 bed. It will depend on your personal circumstances but (as far as I know!) you have nothing to lose by applying for it. Good luck to you; I hope you get your rent sorted out. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 49,772 Disability Gamechanger
    Steve is correct a DHP is discretionary and not always easy to get. You'll need to contact your local Authority to ask them to send you a form. They are quite complex so i'd advise you to get some help to fill it in. If awarded it's only usually for a short period of time before you need to reapply. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/claiming-discretionary-housing-payments/claiming-discretionary-housing-payments

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.


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