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Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)

A Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) may be made when Housing Benefit or Universal Credit does not provide enough money to pay your rent. DHPs are not part of the normal Housing Benefit or Universal Credit schemes but are payments that may be made where extra financial support is needed.

You may be entitled to a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) if you don't get full Housing Benefit and you're still paying something towards your rent.

If you think you may qualify for extra help, you must complete a DHP application form. We'll look at your income and expenditure and award you a payment if we believe you need further help to pay your housing costs. We won't be able to pay you to cover the cost of things included in your rent, like fuel, water or food charges.

Umbrella org:
Rochdale Borough Council
Area serviced:
Rochdale borough residents only
0300 303 8870
How to apply:
Online form available or telephone direct

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