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Discretionary Housing Payment - How do I claim a Discretionary Housing Payment?

Find out more about Discretionary Housing Payments.

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.

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