Discretionary Housing Payments Discretionary Housing Payments are made to help people struggling with housing costs, separate to Housing Benefit and Universal Credit. Housing Benefit How housing benefit is calculated, local housing benefit allowance and non-dependant deductions. Housing Benefit claim Claim, appeal and backdate housing benefit. Tell us about a change of circumstance. Housing Benefit payments How and when Housing Benefit payments are made. Universal Credit If you are on a low income or out of work, you may be eligible for Universal Credit.