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A Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) is a short term payment awarded to people who need help paying their rent.
To claim a Discretionary Housing Payment you must be entitled to:
You must also show that you are unable to pay your rent.
Fife Council has limited funds for DHP, so awards are payable for a period 6 or 12 months, depending on your circumstances.
If you are affected by the spare room subsidy (bedroom tax) the full shortfall in your rent caused by this will be met if you apply.
Here are a few examples of circumstances where DHP may be awarded:
From January 2023, DHP can cover any shortfall in your rent caused by the Benefit Cap being applied to either your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit. You are still required to complete an application.
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.