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Benefits: Housing

Volume 688: debated on Monday 22 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why housing benefit payable to private landlords is not paid per calendar month instead of every four weeks. [HL1283]

Local authorities have some discretion in deciding how to pay benefit in any particular case and are expected to take into account the reasonable needs and convenience of the customer in determining the frequency and timing of payments. The general principle is that the timing of payments should reflect the nature of the customer’s liability.

Housing benefit paid direct to landlords is paid every four weeks. However, where the client has a monthly rent liability, direct payments may be made at calendar monthly intervals.