The Council’s expenditure on discretionary housing payments has been below expected levels so far this year.
So far only a little over £36,000 had been paid out to 209 applicants.
69 applicants were found not to qualify for the payments.
Details of the York Councils housing benefits policy, together with an application form for DHP, can be read by clicking here
NB. Each local council is given a pot of money each year to help people who qualify for housing benefit (or similar help under universal credit) but are having trouble:
• paying their rent or
• finding enough money to pay for the start-up costs of a tenancy.
When the money for the year runs out, no more payments can be made.
The government has increased the amount of money available to help some people to adjust to cuts to benefits in recent years.
The council decides who should be given the payments, how much and how often they are paid. Discretionary housing payments (DHP) may be paid weekly or can be a lump sum. They can also be backdated.