Waste Not Want Not

making the most of additional funds to keep people in their homes

We are campaigning to raise awareness of an important source of financial help for people struggling with their rent.

The money is given to Welsh councils every year by the UK Government. It’s up to councils to give the money out to people who need it.

But if the money isn’t all spent by the end of March, the UK Government takes it back – and gives Wales less the following year.

The funds, known as Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs), are meant to help people who cannot afford the cost of their rent. Your council may award you a DHP payment if, for example, you are affected by the bedroom tax or benefits cap.

For thousands of people in Wales, DHPs are all that stand between them and homelessness.

Want to know how much your council has to spend by 31st March 2018 and how to apply?

Blaenau Gwent

DHP total budget: £267,330

Remaining budget as of 1st January: -£5,450

*The Council has already topped up the fund and is still considering applications

How to apply – http://www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk/resident/housing-benefit/discretionary-housing-payments/

Contact your local council

Tel: 01495 353398
Email: benefits@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

Bridgend

DHP total budget: £378,460

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £97,295

How to apply – http://www.bridgend.gov.uk/services/benefits/discretionary-housing-payments.aspx

Contact your local council

Tel: 01656 643643
Email: benefits@bridgend.gov.uk

Caerphilly

DHP total budget: £610,525

Remaining budget as of 1st January: 124,769

How to apply – www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Housing-benefits/Discretionary-housing-payments

Contact your local council

Tel: 01443 866567
email: Email is sent to department via website

Cardiff

DHP total budget: £1,368,916

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £277,654

How to apply – https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Benefits-and-Grants/Housing-Benefit/Discretionary-Housing-Payments/Pages/default.aspx

Contact your local council

Tel: 029 2053 7380
email: Email is sent to department via website

Carmarthenshire

DHP total budget: £428,778

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £65,927

How to apply – http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/home/residents/benefits/housing-benefit/discretionary-housing-payments/

Contact your local council

Tel: 01554 742100
email: housing.benefits@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Ceredigion

DHP total budget: £288,867

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £91,194

How to apply – https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/English/Resident/benefits/hbct/Pages/Discretionary-Housing-Payments-(DHPs).aspx

Contact your local council

Tel: 01970 633252
email: revenues@ceredigion.gov.uk

Conwy

DHP total budget: £230,668

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £18,124

How to apply – http://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Resident/Benefits-and-grants/Discretionary-Housing-Payments.aspx

Contact your local council

Tel: 01492 576491
email: hben.enquiries@conwy.gov.uk

Denbighshire

DHP total budget: £259,595

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £69,050

How to apply – https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/resident/benefits-grants-and-advice/housing-benefit/discretionary-housing-payments.aspx

Contact your local council

Tel: 01824 706302

Flintshire

DHP total budget: £365,571

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £67,444

How to apply – http://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/Resident/Council-Tax-and-Benefits/Housing-Benefits.aspx

Contact your local council

Tel: 01352 704848
email: benefits@flintshire.gov.uk

Gwynedd

DHP total budget: £726,374

Remaining budget as of 1st January: -£16,563

*The Council has already topped up the fund and is still considering applications

How to apply – https://www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/en/Residents/Benefits-and-grants/Discretionary-Housing-Payments-(DHP).aspx

Contact your local council

Tel: 01286 682689
email: benefit@gwynedd.gov.uk

Isle of Anglesey

DHP allocation from DWP: £162,656

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £50,566

How to apply – http://www.anglesey.gov.uk/advice-and-benefits/benefits-and-welfare-rights/discretionary-housing-payments-and-discretionary-assistance-fund/

Contact your local council

Tel: 01248 752226 / 752658
email: benefits@anglesey.gov.uk

Merthyr Tydfil

DHP total budget: £208,688

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £89,091

How to apply – https://www.merthyr.gov.uk/resident/housing-benefit/discretionary-housing-payments/

Contact your local council

Tel: 01685 725116 / 725371
email: benefits@merthyr.gov.uk

Monmouthshire

DHP total budget: £190,346

Remaining budget as of 1st January: 19,700

How to apply – http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/home/counciltaxandbenefits/discretionary-housing-payments

Contact your local council

Tel: 01633 644650 / 01633 644655
email: benefits@monmouthshire.gov.uk

Neath Port Talbot

DHP total budget: £475,314

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £123,504

How to apply – http://www.newport.gov.uk/en/Council-Tax-Benefits/Discretionary-Housing-Payment.aspx

Contact your local council

Tel: 01639 686838
email: housing.benefits@npt.gov.uk

Newport

DHP total budget: £562,196

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £94,978

How to apply – http://www.newport.gov.uk/en/Council-Tax-Benefits/Discretionary-Housing-Payment.aspx

Pembrokeshire

DHP total budget: £246,390

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £5,399

How to apply – https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=1108,1123&parent_directory_id=646&id=32555&language=

Contact your local council

Tel: 01437 764551
email: revenue.services@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Powys

DHP total budget: £567,465

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £91,435

How to apply – http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/benefits/apply-for-benefits/discretionary-housing-payments/

Contact your local council

Tel: 0845 602 7032 / 01597 827 462
email: benefits@powys.gov.uk

Rhondda Cynon Taf

DHP total budget: £666,632

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £193,184

How to apply – http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Resident/Benefits/DiscretionaryHousingpayments.aspx

Swansea

DHP total budget: £676,515

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £35,333

How to apply – http://www.swansea.gov.uk/dhp

Contact your local council

Tel: 01792 635885
email: Email is sent to department via website

Torfaen

DHP total budget: £379,554

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £9,019

*The Council has already topped up the fund and is still considering applications

How to apply – http://www.torfaen.gov.uk/en/CouncilTaxAndBenefits/Benefits/HousingBenefitandCouncilTaxReduction/Discretionaryhousingpayment(DHP)/Discretionary-Housing-Payments.aspx

Contact your local council

Tel: 01495 766430 / 01495 766570
email: benefits@torfaen.gov.uk

Vale of Glamorgan

DHP total budget: £330,286

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £25,386

How to apply – http://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/en/our_council/housing_benefits/Discretionary-Housing-Payments-DHP.aspx

Contact your local council

Tel: 01446 709244

Wrexham

DHP total budget: £353,025

Remaining budget as of 1st January: £34,828

How to apply – http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/council/benefits/discretionary.htm

Contact your local council

email: housingbenefits@wrexham.gov.uk

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