Housing Benefit - Payment Dates for Cheques

If you receive your Housing Benefit by cheque please click on the link below for the dates they will be issued.  The dates are different if you receive your Housing Benefit by BACS (which will be paid directly into your bank account).

Housing Benefit is normally paid 4 weekly, however depending on how long you have been in receipt of benefit that 4 weekly period can either be "2 weeks in advance and 2 weeks in arrears" or "4 weeks in arrears".

Any claim that has been in payment continuously and at the same address since before 1996 is paid "2 weekly in advance and 2 weekly in arrears" and is paid out under Payment Run 1.

Any claim in payment after 1996 is paid "4 weekly in arrears" and is paid under Payment Run 2.

Where it is not practical for a tenant to wait until the next payment run, for example where benefit is due for a past period, benefit can be paid as an Immediate Payment.

Please note that these are the dates scheduled but may be subject to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

If you are unsure which payment run category you have please contact any of our enquiry offices, or you can contact us by dialling (01382) 431205.