Discretionary Housing Payments
Are you receiving Housing Benefit but still struggling to pay your rent?
If so, Cornwall Council’s Discretionary Housing Payments may be able to top up your Housing Benefit to help you afford your rent.
The Discretionary Housing Payment fund can make temporary payments to help you out while you improve your circumstances. For example, if you’re subject to the ‘Bedroom Tax’ then a Discretionary Housing Payment may be awarded to cover the difference between your Housing Benefit and rent, allowing you time to find a smaller property. You may also be eligible if you are looking to gain employment but are subject to the Benefit Cap.
Discretionary Housing Payments can also be awarded as a one-off amount to help improve your circumstances – for example, if rent arrears are preventing you from being able to move home.
To find out more about Discretionary Housing Payments, please visit Cornwall Council's website or contact a member of Coastline's Income Management Team.