Decision details

Discretionary Housing Payments Policy 2019-2020

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The DHP scheme provides limited funding to support customers facing financial hardship situations where the normal Housing Benefit or Universal Credit awarded does not cover in full their liability to pay rent or other housing related costs. Welfare Reform has significantly impacted communities.  The DHP scheme aims to alleviate poverty and to ensure that those that are vulnerable in the community are supported by this additional funding. This report to will be seeking authorisation for any minor revision to the policy in preparation for the 2019/20 financial year.




1.     That the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) policy be approved.


2.     That Cabinet authorise delegated powers to the Director of Housing and Communities to approve future amendments to the DHP policy in consultation with the Section 151 Officer and the relevant Cabinet member.

Report author: Mrs Marlene Rogers

Publication date: 07/03/2019

Date of decision: 05/03/2019

Decided at meeting: 05/03/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 14/03/2019

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