Manchester City Council

Benefits & support Discretionary Housing Payments

Examples of when we might make discretionary payments

  • If the rules say your home is too big for you but you have a good reason for needing the extra bedrooms.
  • If you can't move to somewhere smaller or less expensive because someone in your family has serious health problems.
  • If you can't move to somewhere smaller or less expensive and your current tenancy is at risk because you can't afford to pay the difference between your benefit and your rent.
  • If your home has been adapted for you or a member of your family.
  • If you are affected by the benefit cap.

These are just a few examples. If you have different circumstances that mean you are struggling to pay your rent it is still worth making an application.

Apply for discretionary payments

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