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Benefit payments

Any benefit you may be entitled to will usually start from the Monday after the council receive your form.  Payments will be made as follows -

Housing benefit

If you rent -

  • a council house, housing benefit will be paid straight into your rent account
  • from a housing association, you can choose to have your housing benefit paid directly to your landlord or by Direct Payment into your bank or building society account
  • a hostel, payments will be made directly to your landlord

Local housing allowance

If you are a private tenant receiving local housing allowance, this is normally paid to you via your bank account. However, a direct payment may be made to the landlord if we decide that you are -

  • likely to have difficulty in managing your financial affairs
  • unlikely to pay your rent
  • eight weeks or more in arrears

A request for direct payment can be made by the tenant, the landlord or anyone acting on the tenant's behalf.

More information on direct payments

Council tax benefit or second adult rebate

If you are entitled to council tax benefit or second adult rebate, this will be credited to your council tax account.

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