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Advice Richmond – Together for Change is partnership  made up of twelve advice and support organisations in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. They are all accessible by using one website, which can quickly put you in touch with the right person to offer you high quality advice. These trusted, independent advice specialists include Richmond Aid, Richmond Citizens Advice Bureau…

The discretionary housing payment (sometimes known as DHP) scheme can be used to cover a shortfall between your rent and any payment of housing benefit that you receive. There are additional funds available to help cover any shortfall caused by a reduction in housing benefit award, including reduction in award caused by benefit capping or social sector size criteria (bedroom tax). DHPs are not…

If you are already in receipt of housing benefit and your award of housing benefit is less than the maximum payable, ie. your full rent liability, you may be able to apply for further help with your housing costs. This is known as a Discretionary Housing Payment. These payments are designed as a short term measure to…

Discretionary Housing Payment’s (DHP) are available to existing Housing Benefit claimants to top up a shortfall in your rent for a short period of time. They are also available to contribute to the cost of moving home for low income households. To qualify you need to demonstrate that you are in severe financial hardship. DHP’s are…

If you are receiving housing benefit but are still struggling to pay your rent then you may be entitled to a discretionary housing payment to top up your benefit. You may be entitled to a discretionary housing payment, for example, if: – Your rent eligible for housing benefit has been restricted by the rent officer…

If you receive housing benefit but need more help to pay your rent, you may be entitled to extra financial help. Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are available to alleviate financial hardship where you have a liability to pay rent. DHP is not a housing benefit payment, but is administered as part of the benefits scheme. The DHP scheme…

Discretionary housing payments are not payments of housing benefit. They are separate payments made at the council’s discretion in cases where it considers that extra help with housing costs is needed. To claim you will need to complete an online local welfare assistance form. For more information and to apply online (via the link to the local…

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are payments made in addition to Housing/Council Tax Benefit to help you with your housing costs. They are not payments of benefit. Where Discretionary Housing Payments are made to help you with your rent, the total of your combined Housing Benefit plus your DHP must not exceed your rental liability. Similarly, where DHPs are made to help…

After receiving housing benefit, if you are still in financial difficulty due to a shortfall between your benefit entitlement and the rent you are charged, you can apply for a discretionary housing payment (DHP). They will look closely at your personal circumstances and your finances, and may make an additional award of benefit if you are…

The Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme is available to give people extra help with housing costs. To receive DHP you must be in receipt of housing benefit and have a shortfall to pay between the benefit that you receive and your rent. DHP can also provide financial assistance for housing costs, including rent deposits, rent in…

Hillingdon Council is limited by the government in the total amount that it can pay in DHP in any financial year. Therefore, unless you can show an above average need for further financial help with your housing costs you are unlikely to receive this extra payment. DHP can only be paid in respect of your…

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) are payments that can be awarded if your housing benefit is less than the amount you are being charged for rent. They are not payments of housing benefit. DHPs are awarded from a cash limited budget, at the discretion of your local council, where they consider additional help is needed. The council cannot award…

If you receive Housing Benefit but you are having difficulty paying the rest of your rent or other housing costs, you may be able to get extra help. Kingston Council are given a set amount of money each year to provide Discretionary Housing Payments according to the following crieria: • You are entitled to Housing Benefit. •…

Each Housing Benefit department is given a pot of money each year called a Discretionary Housing Payment fund. In April 2013 Housing Benefit departments were given extra money to help people affected by the benefit changes, who can’t afford to pay their share of the rent. To qualify for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) you must already be…

You can claim Discretionary Housing Payments if you have received an award of Housing Benefit that does not cover the whole amount of your rent, unless it is due to non-dependant deductions There are many reasons why there may be a shortfall, leaving an amount of rent to be paid that you cannot afford. An…

If you don’t get full Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support you may be able to get additional help from the Discretionary Housing Payments Fund to make up the difference. Reading Borough Council will look at each case on it’s merits. Visit the Reading Borough Council Website for more information, eligibility criteria and to apply online. To apply…