Discretionary Housing Payments guidance manual

This guidance is for local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales who are responsible for administering Discretionary Housing Payments.



This guidance includes advice on how Discretionary Housing Payments can be used to provide support to claimants affected by some of the main welfare reforms, including:

  • application of the benefit cap
  • removal of the spare room subsidy in the social rented sector
  • reductions in Local Housing Allowance