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Housing benefit payment dates

How is Housing Benefit paid?

If you are the tenant of a private landlord or Housing Association and not subject to Local Housing Allowance, payment will be made by Bank Automated Credit System. This will be paid directly to your account, or to your landlord if you wish.

Payments for claims subject to Local Housing Allowance will be made directly into your bank/building society account. Payments can only be made directly to your landlord where certain criteria are met. See Local Housing Allowance safety guidelines.

If you are more than eight weeks in arrears, we may pay your Housing Benefit direct to your landlord. This is unless it would not be in your interest to do so.

Payments are paid 4 weekly in arrears on the main payment run. This will be paid on the Monday after the date you have been paid up to. There are thirteen main payment runs in the financial year. To find out the dates of these payments, please see below.

Payments not paid 4 weekly in arrears include the first payment when you have made a new claim. It could also be if you have had a change of circumstances. These will either be paid on the main payment run, or on the weekly run. It depends on when the payment is due.

Payment dates

The dates that your 4 weekly Housing Benefit payments will be credited to either:

  • your bank account, or
  • your landlord's, bank/building society account.

These dates cover the financial year 2017-2018:

  • *17 April 2017
  • 15 May 2017
  • 12 June 2017
  • 10 July 2017
  • 7 August 2017
  • 4 September 2017
  • 2 October 2017
  • 30 October 2017
  • 27 November 2017
  • 22 December 2017
  • 22 January 2018
  • 19 February 2018
  • 19 March 2018
  • **2 April 2018

*If you are paid 4 weekly in arrears you will receive 2 weeks on 3 April 2017. You will also receive 2 weeks on 17 April 2017. If you are not paid 4 weekly in arrears you will receive 4 weeks on 17 April 2017. No payment will be made on 3 April 2017.

**If you are paid 4 weekly in arrears you will receive 2 weeks on 2 April 2018. You will also receive 2 weeks on 16 April 2018. If you are not paid 4 weekly in arrears you will receive 4 weeks on 16 April 2018. No payment will be made on 2 April 2018.

Impact Housing Association payment dates

  • 1 May 2017
  • 29 May 2017
  • 26 June 2017
  • 24 July 2017
  • 21 August 2017
  • 18 September 2017
  • 16 October 2017
  • 13 November 2017
  • 11 December 2017
  • 8 January 2018
  • 5 February 2018
  • 5 March 2018
  • 2 April 2018