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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
5 April 202313 March 2023 to 10 April 2023
3 May 202310 April 2023 to 8 May 2023
31 May 20238 May 2023 to 5 June 2023
28 June 20235 June 2023 to 3 July 2023
26 July 20233 July 2023 to 31 July 2023
23 August 202331 July 2023 to 28 August 2023
20 September 202328 August 2023 to 25 September 2023
18 October 202325 September 2023 to 23 October 2023
15 November 202323 October 2023 to 20 November 2023
13 December 202320 November 2023 to 18 December 2023
10 January 2024

18 December 2023 to 15 January 2024

7 February 202415 January 2024 to 12 February 2024
6 March 202412 February 2024 to 11 March 2024


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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