Discretionary Housing Payments are to offset extra costs of so called Bedroom Tax but many local authorities are NOT advertising that this DHP is actually available. Yet the government is giving an extra 30 million pounds to LA’s specifically for this purpose. So for any disabled person facing a reduction in housing benefit due to having spare rooms please do pass on this link to the DWP guide for this year; http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/discretionary-housing-payments-guide-draft.pdf
There should be information and claim forms on your local council’s website.
DHPs pose some problems however
1. You normally have to reapply for them every 13 weeks
2. There is no guarantee how much you’ll get each time you apply.
3. There is no right of appeal if you are refused one BUT you can seek a Judicial Review against that decision if you qualify for legal aid or you can threaten it if you don’t.