Ask CPAG Online - Who can apply for a DHP?

To get a discretionary housing payment (DHP), you must first be entitled to housing benefit (HB) or universal credit (UC) which includes an amount for rent and eligible service charges (this is referred to in the law as a ‘relevant award of UC’). Your UC award notice should specify whether you are receiving a ‘housing costs element’ for your rent and service charges.

Note that you cannot get a DHP if you are only getting council tax support, or UC housing costs for mortgage or loan payments. 

You can only be awarded a DHP for periods during which you are, or were, entitled to HB or a relevant award of UC.1 There is no restriction on getting backdated DHPs for a past period, but you must have been entitled to HB or a relevant award of UC during the period.

You can get a DHP for a deposit or rent in advance as long as you are entitled to HB or a relevant award of UC at the time DHP is awarded.