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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 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

 

Please note the evidence that you need to provide in support of your claim when applying.

You will need to write down the reasons why you think you should be awarded a discretionary housing payment and whether you require extra help with rent.

You will also need to state how much your income and outgoings are, and provide any appropriate evidence to support your application.

If you wish to make a claim you can download a claim form here or collect one from our Contact Burnley offices on Parker Lane, Burnley.

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