Discretionary housing payment (DHP)

Benefits News

The Benefits department are dealing with an increased volume of enquiries and claims and this is causing unavoidable delays.  Please do not visit the Council. Request/send in information by email at benefit.services@stroud.gov.uk - put "Claim Ref" and your claim number in the subject line, e.g Claim Ref 12345 - or send by post.


Visit the Housing Benefit page to see if you claim help with your rent from us or Universal Credit.  Visit the Council Tax Support page to see how to claim help with your Council Tax. Visit the Universal Credit page for advice about UC and how to claim.


If you have to visit us because you can't email us you can leave any documents in a sealed envelope with your name and address in the post box outside to the right of the entrance.

Our discretionary housing payment (DHP) scheme is used to assist housing benefit claimants who may need further financial help with their housing costs. Housing costs can include help towards rent, tenancy start up costs and moving costs.

We receive limited funds each year for the DHP scheme. The amount that can be spent on the scheme each year is restricted, so not everyone who claims a DHP may be awarded one. Who receives DHP is entirely at the discretion of the Council.

How to apply

Claims must be made in writing using form below and sent to Benefits, Stroud District Council, Stroud, Glos. GL5 4UB

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