About discretionary housing payment

We have a limited amount of money each year to help people who are in extreme hardship. It is available for people claiming Housing Benefit.

The payment can be used to pay rent, not to cover costs for service charges or utility bills. We won’t normally award a discretionary housing payment if we think that the rent for your property is too high or when your property is too large for your needs and other suitable accommodation is available. If you are affected by ‘bedroom tax’ we may provide support in the short term to allow you time to try and move to a smaller property.