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|
|7 April 2021||15 March 2021 to 12 April 2021|
|5 May 2021||12 April 2021 to 10 May 2021|
|2 June 2021||10 May 2021 to 7 June 2021|
|30 June 2021||7 June 2021 to 5 July 2021|
|28 July 2021||5 July 2021 to 2 August 2021|
|25 August 2021||2 August 2021 to 30 August 2021|
|22 September 2021||30 August 2021 to 27 September 2021|
|20 October 2021||27 September 2021 to 25 October 2021|
|17 November 2021||25 October 2021 to 22 November 2021|
|15 December 2021||22 November 2021 to 20 December 2021|
|12 January 2022|
20 December 2021 to 17 January 2022
|9 February 2022||17 January 2022 to 14 February 2022|
|9 March 2022||14 February 2022 to 14 March 2022|
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.