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Housing benefit payment dates

How is Housing Benefit paid?

If you are the tenant of a private landlord (this includes Housing Associations) and not subject to Local Housing Allowance, payment will be made by Bank Automated Credit System (BACS) direct to your bank/building society account, or to your landlord if you wish. Payments for claims which are 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 Safety Guidelines. In some circumstances, for example, if you are more than eight weeks in arrears with your rent, we will pay your Housing Benefit direct to your landlord, unless it would not be in your interest to do so. Normally, payments are made 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 which are not paid 4 weekly in arrears include the first payment when you have made a new claim, or where you have had a change of circumstances. These will either be paid on the main payment run, or on the weekly run, depending on when the payment is due.

Payment dates

The dates that your 4 weekly Housing Benefit payment will be credited to either your, or your landlord's, bank/building society account. These cover the financial year 2016-2017.

  • *18 April 2016
  • 16 May 2016
  • 13 June 2016
  • 11 July 2016
  • 8 August 2016
  • 5 September 2016
  • 3 October 2016
  • 31 October 2016
  • 28 November 2016
  • 26 December 2016
  • 23 January 2017
  • 20 February 2017
  • 20 March 2017
  • **3 April 2017

*Please note that if you are paid 4 weekly in arrears you will receive 2 weeks on 4 April 2016 and 2 weeks on 18 April 2016. If you are not paid 4 weekly in arrears you will receive 4 weeks on 18 April 2016 and no payment on 4 April 2016.

**If you are paid 4 weekly in arrears you will receive 2 weeks on 3 April 2017 and 2 weeks on 17 April 2017. If you are not paid 4 weekly in arrears you will receive 4 weeks on 17 April 2017 and no payment on 3 April 2017.

Impact Housing Association payment dates

  • 2 May 2016
  • 30 May 2016
  • 27 June 2016
  • 25 July 2016
  • 22 August 2016
  • 19 September 2016
  • 17 October 2016
  • 14 November 2016
  • 12 December 2016
  • 9 January 2017
  • 6 February 2017
  • 6 March 2017
  • 3 April 2017