Welfare Rights, Money and Debt Advice & Budgeting
Free impartial confidential help
At Williamsburgh HA we offer a Welfare Rights and Debt Advice Service to our residents, covering all aspects of benefit entitlement, money advice, budgeting advice, challenging benefit decisions and assisting with potential evictions.
This is a free service. We provide an advice and information giving service, including:
- Benefit checks and assistance with claiming, to ensure you are receiving the benefits you are entitled to. These benefits may include Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Universal Credit, Pension Credit, Tax Credits, Community Care Grants, Crisis Grants, Hardship Payments amongst others
- Assistance if you feel a decision is wrong, your benefit has been suspended or stopped altogether, overpayments or potential overpayments, benefit sanctions, changes in your circumstances, form filling, rent arrears, financial hardship DHP’s and assistance to apply for grants
- General advice on any aspect of the Government’s Welfare Reform changes, and how any of these changes may impact on you
If you’d like to arrange an appointment
To discuss any of the above issues, please contact John Deasy on 0141 847 6375 who will be happy to help. Alternatively please complete this form Contact Us
Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)
If you are struggling to pay your housing costs and are in financial difficulty, you may qualify for assistance from a council fund called Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP). DHP is a fund made available to those in receipt of partial Universal Credit Housing Cost or Housing Benefit. This will provide short term financial assistance.
It is important to note that these payments are not a type of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit Housing Cost. They are extra payments made to help with housing costs such as some or all of a rent shortfall over a few weeks or a new tenancy rent deposit.
Williamsburgh HA staff has been able to assist a large number of our tenants in hardship with successful DHP applications made with their assistance.
An example of a successful DHP award recently was for a joint tenancy with a joint income of £414.05, had household expenses of £486.28 was granted a weekly payment of £17.50 for a period of 20 weeks.
Further applications can also be made at the end of the initial award. We recommend you get in touch with our Rents Team or Welfare Rights Officer, John Deasy.