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Disability Related Income and DHPs – Information Sheet

How does disability-related income affect applications for a DHP?

To determine if a household is eligible for a DHP, the household expenses are deducted from the household income to determine if there is sufficient money left to meet rent charges.

If a member of the household receives a benefit because of a disability this amount is included in the income that is used to assess your application.  From this amount household expenses are deducted. If a member of the household is disabled, all the additional expenses that need to be met because of the disability will be included.

So, although the disability benefit will increase the income taken into account, this will be offset by increased household expenditure which includes all disability-related expenses.

Why is disability-related income and expenditure taken into account?

Disability is very individual and by taking account of actual income and expenditure this can reflect the specific costs of the disability.

Research has shown that for the majority of people living with a disability the costs are likely to be higher than the amount of disability benefits received. By including all income and expenditure it is possible to take account of any expenditure related to the disability that is above the amount received in disability benefits.

Therefore, taking all disability related income and expenditure into account enables the council to assist those facing the highest disability expenses and fairly reflects a household’s circumstances.

What type of disability-related income is taken into account?

All disability-related income is taken into account. This includes Disability Living Allowance (care and mobility), Personal Independence Payments and ESA (support category).

Which disability-related expenses are taken into account?

All disability related expenses are taken into account. These can be direct costs (such as care, medical costs, braille literature) and indirect costs (such as increased heating, food or travel costs). It is not necessary to identify the portion of household service charges that are due to the applicant’s disability. The council would expect these service charges to be higher in households containing a person with a disability.

Last Updated: 22/07/2015
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