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Discretionary Housing Payments

Discretionary housing payments

The discretionary housing payment scheme is a limited amount of money that the Government allows Burnley Borough Council to spend helping claimants who are receiving housing benefit or Universal Credit but where the amount they are receiving does not cover the full rent they are charged.

There are strict rules governing the administration of the discretionary housing payments scheme. You cannot be considered for a payment if:

  • You have not qualified for any housing benefit/housing costs at all
  • The shortfall is due to additional amounts being charged for arrears and/or court costs
  • The shortfall is due to additional amounts being charged for services that are ineligible for housing benefit e.g. fuel charges, meals etc
  • The help you require is in respect of other bills and not rent
  • The help you require is due to reductions in any benefit as a result of jobseekers sanctions, Child support sanctions or sanctions following certain offences
  • The help you require is a result of your housing benefit/housing costs being suspended
  • You are already receiving full housing benefit/housing costs

 

If you wish to make a claim please click the link below.

Online Discretionary Housing Payments form

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