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Benefits & Support Discretionary Payments (DHP and DCTP)

What are Discretionary Housing Payments and Discretionary Council Tax Payments?

They are for people who live in Manchester.
They are paid by Manchester Council.

If you live in another area please apply to your local council.

They can help if you are:

  • struggling to pay your rent or council tax and
  • you have unusual or extreme circumstances which are causing hardship or
  • you are having particular difficulty because of the effects of the under-occupation rules for council and housing association tenants or the benefit cap rules.

There are no rules that give anyone a right to a payment. But we may be able to pay you if we believe that you need extra financial support.  


See the separate policy document about Discretionary Council Tax Payments  from April 2013. From April 2013 the DCTP scheme comes in to help towards council tax if you are in exceptional hardship.

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