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Housing benefit payments

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How and when payment is made

Payment will usually be made straight into a bank or building society account on a Wednesday evening and should be in the account on the following Monday. Housing benefit is paid every 4 weeks, in arrears.


Payment schedule 

The table below shows the dates that housing benefit payments are due 

Date payment sentPeriod the benefit covers
3 April 202411 March 2024 to 8 April 2024
1 May 20248 April 2024 to 6 May 2024
29 May 20246 May 2024 to 3 June 2024
26 June 20243 Jun 2024 to 1 July 2024
24 July 20241 July 2024 to 29 July 2024
21 August 202429 July 2024 to 26 August 2024
18 September 202426 August 2024 to 23 September 2024
16 October 202423 September 2024 to 21 October 2024
13 November 202421 October 2024 to 18 November 2024
11 December 202418 November 2024 to 16 December 2024
8 January 2025

16 December 2024 to 13 January 2025

5 February 202513 January 2025 to 10 February 2025
5 March 202510 February 2025 to 10 March 2025


Council Tax support

If you are entitled to Council Tax support, then your entitlement will be credited to your Council Tax bill for the relevant financial year.


Housing association tenant payments 

Housing benefit payments can be paid to you or direct to your landlord. 


Private tenant payments

In most cases, you will receive the payment and you will have to make arrangements to pay rent to the landlord yourself. 


Payments direct to landlord

In exceptional circumstances, we may decide to make payments to your landlord, but this will only happen if there are compelling reasons for us to do so such as:

  • if you have rent arrears, in most cases 8 weeks or more rent
  • if you are unlikely to pay your rent
  • if you are likely to have difficulty managing your finances.

If we decide to make payments to your landlord, this can be reviewed at a later date and the decision may change.


Payment schedules for landlords

If you are a landlord, you can view your payment schedules online by registering for a Council Tax online (e-citizen) account.

Register for an online account   Log in to your online account


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