Issue details

Discretionary Housing Payments

This report provides details of a review of the Council’s policy and approach to making awards of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) in line with recent national guidance provided by the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP).

 

DHPs provide financial support towards housing costs and are paid by a local authority when they are satisfied that a claimant needs further financial assistance with housing costs and is in receipt of either Housing Benefit (HB) or Universal Credit (UC) with housing costs towards rental liability.  

 

Owner -occupiers are not eligible to receive DHPs, with the exception of Shared Ownership properties which carry a rental liability.

 

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Awaiting Implementation

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 11/08/2022

Decision due: Not before 19th Aug 2022 by Cabinet Member - Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services

This report provides details of a review of the Council’s policy and approach to making awards of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) in line with recent national guidance provided by the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP). DHPs provide financial support towards housing costs and are paid by a local authority when they are satisfied that a claimant needs further financial assistance with housing costs and is in receipt of either Housing Benefit (HB) or Universal Credit (UC) with housing costs towards rental liability. Owner -occupiers are not eligible to receive DHPs, with the exception of Shared Ownership properties which carry a rental liability.

Lead member: Cabinet Member - Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services

Lead director: Executive Director of Corporate Resources and Customer Services

Contact: Diane Turner Email: diane.turner22@sefton.gov.uk.

Decisions

List of background documents to be considered by decision maker