How we pay your Housing Benefit
If you are the tenant of a private landlord or Housing Association and not subject to Local Housing Allowance, the Bank Automated Credit System (BACS) will make payments to your account, or to your landlord, if you wish.
See 'Local Housing Allowance safeguard guidelines'. We make payments for claims, subject to Local Housing Allowance, into your bank/building society account. We can only make payments to your landlord if you meet certain criteria.
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.
We make payments 4 weekly in arrears on the main payment run. We pay this on the Monday after the date you received payment. 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. We will pay these either on the main payment run, or on the weekly run. It depends on when the payment is due.
If you are in receipt of Universal Credit, your Housing Costs are included in your Universal Credit Payment and they are not paid by Westmorland and Furness Council.
We will credit your Housing Benefit payments 4 weekly to either:
- your bank account; or
- your landlord's bank/building society account.
These dates cover the financial year 2023/2024
- 17 April 2023
- 15 May 2023
- 12 June 2023
- 10 July 2023
- 7 August 2023
- 4 September 2023
- 2 October 2023
- 30 October 2023
- 27 November 2023
- 22 December 2023 (due to Christmas)
- 22 January 2024
- 19 February 2024
- 18 March 2024