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A Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) is a short term payment awarded to people who need help paying their rent. To qualify you must receive: Housing Benefit; or a housing cost element as part of your Universal Credit Award. An award is payable for a period of 6 or 12 months, depending on your circumstances. Applications should be made to Fife Council.
To claim a Discretionary Housing Payment you must be entitled to:
You must also show that you are unable to pay your rent.
You can’t get a payment towards your rent if you receive: full Housing Benefit; or if the housing cost element of your Universal Credit pays your full rent costs.
A DHP can't pay towards most service charges included in your rent liability.
Fife Council has limited funds for DHP. The amount you receive will depend on your disposable income. Due to limited funds being available the award may not meet the full shortfall between : Your rent costs; and Housing Benefit/Housing Cost Element of your Universal Credit award.
Here are a few examples of circumstances where you may qualify:
No financial assessment is necessary for under occupancy (bedroom tax). The Scottish Government made the decision to reimburse the full cost of the bedroom tax - April 2014. An application is still required. The award will be paid from the start of the current financial year.
If you are under 35, there has been a reduction in:
How to claim
The application form asks you to provide:
We may write to you for further information. Once we receive this we'll make a decision on your application.