Housing Benefit is a national welfare benefit which helps people on a low income pay their rent. This means that we have to take into account your income, savings and investments when deciding whether you are entitled.You can find information about how to claim Housing Benefit on the website.
View the current Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates.There is a limit on the amount of benefit a household can get. Tenants under-occupying social housing will have their Housing Benefit payments reduced if the home is considered to be too large for the household's needs.If you are receiving Housing Benefit you can notify us if you are moving within or out of the borough.Once we receive details we will suspend benefit payments at your old address .If your new address is within the borough we will send you another form which requests further information relating to your new rental liability at your new address if it is within the borough.A DHP is not automatically awarded because your housing benefit does not cover your rent. This could include obtaining cheaper accommodation, obtaining employment and/or increasing the number of hours worked. When applying, you will need to explain why the payment is needed.
Some examples include: It is important that all relevant information and evidence is included with your application.
You can apply online for DHP or you can download and complete the discretionary housing payment application form.
From Monday 18 January 2016 new, single customers with no dependants who would normally claim Jobseekers Allowance will be expected to apply for Universal Credit (UC).
Discretionary housing payments are paid from a limited amount of money that central government gives to us every year.
We can pay it to people with special financial or personal circumstances which indicate that they need extra help to pay their rent.
We have to consider each case individually and on its own merit. Payments are usually made for a limited period to assist whilst the claimant seeks a longer-term solution.