If you are receiving Housing Benefit and live in Northern Ireland, you may qualify for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) in the following circumstances.
1. Shortfall in rent (private rented sector only)
There may be a difference between the rent charged by your landlord and the rent we use to work out your Housing Benefit award.
You can check the rent that applies to your property at:
You may qualify for DHP to help make up some of the difference.
The most you could receive in a DHP award would be the difference between the rent charged by your landlord and the rent the Housing Executive uses to work out your Housing Benefit award.
2. Benefit Cap
The amount of benefits a person can receive has been restricted, or capped, since 7th November 2016. If your Housing Benefit was reduced because of this, you will normally receive a Welfare Supplementary Payment to cover the reduction.
If the WSP does not cover the Housing Benefit reduction in full, you may be entitled to a Discretionary Housing Payment for the difference.
We may not have been able to include a ‘family premium’ when we calculated your Housing Benefit if:
a) You made a new claim for Housing Benefit after 5 September 2016 and were responsible for a child; or
b) You were entitled to Housing Benefit and (since 5 September 2016) your household changed because:
- A child was born
- A child was adopted
- A child joined your household
If any of these affect you and you did not get full Housing Benefit you may qualify for DHP.
The maximum DHP you could receive is £11.34 per week.
How we pay Discretionary Housing Payment
A DHP award will apply from the Monday of the week we receive your application.
The award will be made for a set period of time. We will provide details of this in the ‘letter of offer’ that we send to you. If your claim is successful, we will pay your DHP at the same time as your Housing Benefit, but DHP is not a payment of Housing Benefit.
How to apply for Discretionary Housing Payment if you’re getting Housing Benefit
The quickest way to apply is online
You can download the:
Then print, scan and email the completed application form to your local Housing Benefit Unit.