Brent Council - Claim Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)

Need extra help?

If you need help during these tough and uncertain times, you can contact a range of local community groups that are working with the council to support those who need it the most. Call 020 8937 1234 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday for more information.

Brent Council is working closely with a number of organisations in seven main areas during this worldwide pandemic.

Disabled people – Brent Mencap

Young people – Young Brent Foundation

Older people – Age UK

Homeless people - Crisis

People who use foodbanks - Sufra

People with specific cultural needs – Step Up Hub

People who need extra advice and support – Brent Citizens Advice Bureau

Want to help people who need things like food or medicine?

If you are a community group and you would also like to get involved in supporting the community, please also phone 020 8937 1234 for more information or email

Emergency childcare. If you are a key worker or have a vulnerable child and need emergency childcare please contact the Children and Families Information Service on 020 8937 3010 or email

Discretionary Housing Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments are available to anyone in receipt of Housing Benefit or the Housing Cost element of Universal Credit, to support them to pay the shortfall between their benefit and their full rent charge. Apply online:

Local Welfare Assistance

Applications are welcome from anyone entitled to Housing Benefit or certain DWP benefits, to support them during certain one-off emergency situations. Apply online:

Council Tax support

Help for those on a low income to pay their Council Tax. Apply online:

Other support

There have been some other financial support measures announced, such as an additional payment of up to £150 for Working Age Council Tax Support recipients. More information will be published once confirmed.

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