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Discretionary housing payments

You can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment if you need further financial assistance to help meet your rent, provided that you are already entitled to some Housing Benefit or Housing Element of Universal.

A discretionary housing payment can be requested for any reason that makes it difficult for you to meet your rent.

Discretionary housing payments are paid from a cash-limited budget allocated to the Council by the Secretary of State. 

There is no guarantee that all applications will be successful. For this reason, the Council will usually give preference to applications where there are exceptional circumstances.

You can pick up an Application from the Customer Service Centre or download a copy here (PDF).