This publication provides analysis of the use of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs).
DHPs are monetary awards that can be made by local authorities to people experiencing financial difficulty with housing costs who qualify for Housing Benefit or the housing costs element of Universal Credit.
This statistical release presents analysis of information submitted to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) by local authorities, covering the financial year April 2017 to March 2018.
Local authorities provide details of their use of Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) funds to DWP twice a year. These are published for the first 6 months of the financial year and for the whole of the financial year.
We published statistics on the Use of Discretionary Housing Payments: April to September 2017 on 14 December 2017.
DHPs and Scotland
DHPs for Scotland were devolved from 1 April 2017, under the Scotland Act 2016 implementing the Smith Commission Agreement.