Housing benefit payments
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.
The table below shows the dates that housing benefit payments are due
|Date payment sent||Period the benefit covers|
|6 April 2022||14 March 2022 to 11 April 2022|
|4 May 2022||11 April 2022 to 9 May 2022|
|1 June 2022||09 May 2022 to 6 June 2022|
|29 June 2022||6 June 2022 to 4 July 2022|
|27 July 2022||4 July 2022 to 1 August 2022|
|24 August 2022||1 August 2022 to 29 August 2022|
|21 September 2022||29 August 2022 to 26 September 2022|
|19 October 2022||26 September 2022 to 24 October 2022|
|16 November 2022||24 October 2022 to 21 November 2022|
|14 December 2022||21 November 2022 to 19 December 2022|
|11 January 2023|
19 December 2022 to 16 January 2023
|8 February 2023||16 January 2023 to 13 February 2023|
|8 March 2023||13 February 2023 to 13 March 2023|
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.