A Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) is a special payment made to individuals who need extra help with their housing costs (rent).
DHPs are not part of the normal Housing Benefit scheme. They are funded by Central Government on a yearly basis and the money available is limited. For this reason, the Council will only grant help to people who have special circumstances which make it difficult for them to pay their rent.
You can apply for Discretionary Financial Assistance if you are entitled to Housing Benefit or the Housing element of Universal Credit(UC). Please do not apply before you know that you are entitled to one of these benefits.
You cannot claim a DHP for help with rent if you only get Council Tax Reduction, but you may be eligible for a Discretionary Council Tax Reduction.