Discretionary housing payment
There have been a number of changes as part of the Government's Welfare Reform that may mean that the amount of Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support that you receive has reduced.
Birmingham City Council can in some circumstances make a Discretionary Payment to assist families that are now suffering severe financial hardship as a result of these changes.
Discretionary Housing Payments
The Government has allocated a cash limited fund to allow Birmingham City Council to make awards in the form of Discretionary Housing Payments for families in receipt of Housing Benefit who have a shortfall between the amount of benefit they receive and the amount of rent they need to pay to their landlord.
These payments are made from a separate fund with a limited budget and are awarded as a short-term measure for those experiencing difficult circumstances.
Further details and an application form are provided below.
Council Tax Support Discretionary Hardship Payments
Birmingham City Council has set aside a cash limited budget to assist those households who have been affected by the abolition of Council Tax Benefit. Please visit the Council Tax Support page for further details and an application form.
Local Welfare Provision
From April 2013, Birmingham City Council will introduce the Local Welfare Provision scheme which will make discretionary payments to vulnerable people in crisis. These awards will be grants rather than loans so no-one will be expected to repay any amount.
As this is a discretionary fund, no applicant will have a statutory right to an award and the scheme does not, in any way, replace Birmingham City Council's statutory obligations.
For further details regarding the application process please visit Birmingham Local Welfare Provision
- National Debtline
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Department for Works and Pensions
- The Rent Service
- Gov UK - information about working, jobs and pensions
- Gov UK
- National Benefit Fraud Hotline
- HM Revenue & Customs – Tax Credits
- HM Revenue & Customs – Child Benefit