Financial support available to help with housing costs

Published: Friday, 19 February 2016

Northampton Borough Council is encouraging people on low incomes to come forward to see if they could be eligible for further help with their housing costs.

The Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme is available for people who are receiving housing benefit but need extra financial support to pay the shortfall on their rent.

Northampton Borough Council receives a yearly DHP allocation from central Government and the council is currently considering awards up to the end of March 2016.

To be eligible to make a DHP claim you must be receiving Housing Benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit. Each case will be considered on its own merits and council staff will look at the individual circumstances of each claim to consider all other options available before deciding whether to award a DHP and at what level. Requests are considered within 14 days.

Councillor Alan Bottwood, chair of the Discretionary Housing Payment review panel, said: “The DHP scheme is designed to help support people on low incomes and this financial year we received £316,000 from the Government to help those struggling to meet their housing costs. I would actively encourage anyone who thinks they might be eligible to get in contact so we can see if we can help.”

Anyone interested in applying for a Discretionary Housing Payment can do so online through the council’s website at www.northampton.gov.uk/DHP or email [email protected]