How do I claim a Discretionary Housing Payment?
A claim for a Discretionary Housing Payment is different to a claim for Housing Benefit.
You should ask your local authority how to make a claim. They may accept claims in writing, over the telephone or electronically.
You can find the contact details of your local council (link opens in a new window) on the GOV.UK website
What documents will I need to claim a Discretionary Housing Payment?
Each local authority will have its own claim form but the following documents will usually be required to support a claim.
your most recent payslip if you are working
your partner's most recent payslip (if you have a partner and they are working)
bank account statements covering the last two months (and partner's)
proof of any loan or credit-card or hire-purchase repayment agreements
any letters you have received from the landlord about rent arrears
proof of any expenses that are especially high
if you are ill recent medical evidence
When will my Discretionary Housing Payment claim begin?
There are no rules on backdating. It is up to your local authority whether any award will be backdated and for how long.
Change of circumstances
You are required to notify your local authority of any changes of circumstances which may be relevant to you continuing to receive Discretionary Housing Payments. You will be told about the changes you should report.