Question: How Long Does A DHP Decision Take?

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..

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.

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.

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.

What is the maximum discretionary housing payment?

How will I be paid a 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.

How much housing benefit is paid for a single person?

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.

Is discretionary housing payment backdated?

Can discretionary payments be backdated? Yes, but remember that discretionary housing payments are usually only awarded for short periods of time.

How do I apply for a DHP?

To get a DHP you must be paying rent and be getting Housing Benefit or Universal Credit housing costs. As DHPs are paid from a limited budget, each request is considered on its own merits. Complete the application form carefully and give us as much relevant information as possible to support your application.

How long does a DHP claim take?

Considering an application As the payments are discretionary there is no formal right of appeal however in practice NIHE will reconsider a refusal on request. It is important to note that DHPs will be awarded for a set period of time, anything between 13 weeks and 6 months.

Can you get DHP for rent arrears?

You may be given a DHP to cover housing costs, such as: a rent shortfall, for example, as a result of welfare reforms. rent deposits or rent in advance if you need to move home.

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.

What are discretionary payments?

Discretionary Payments are short term or one off payments that are given to anyone experiencing exceptional financial hardship. You must be receiving Housing Benefit, the Housing Element of Universal Credit or Council Tax Reduction to be considered for it.

Can Universal Credit help with moving costs?

A budgeting advance is an interest-free loan to help people claiming universal credit with one-off or unforeseen expenses. It can help pay for things like: household items such as cookers, fridges or beds. rent in advance or removal costs if moving home.

How is a DHP paid?

A discretionary housing payment (DHP) is an extra payment made by your local council if you’re struggling to pay rent. You don’t need to repay a DHP. You need to be receiving housing benefit or the universal credit housing element to get a DHP. … local housing allowance rates have left you with a rent shortfall.

How do I claim my discretionary housing payment?

To make a claim contact your local authority and ask for more details about Discretionary Housing Payment. Each council has their own form. Typically they will ask for details about your household circumstances, why you are unable to meet your rent or Council Tax payments and for details of your income and spending.

How long does it take for a discretionary payment?

Emergency Assistance Payment (EAP) It takes 24 hours to process applications (made Monday to Friday). If you apply after 12 pm on a Friday, we will not contact you until the following Monday.