Weekly rent payers
Claimants whose rent is payable weekly will normally receive their Housing Benefit payments every 4 weeks in arrears. This amount will be 4x your weekly housing benefit award.
Monthly rent payers
If your rent is payable monthly, we will pay you monthly, normally on the last Monday of the month. We pay in arrears, so the payment will cover the days in that month. If the Monday is a bank holiday we will pay you slightly earlier. When we first award you housing benefit, your first payment will normally cover a shorter period. This is to make sure you get your first payment quickly.
Your weekly housing benefit is multiplied by 52 weeks, then divided by the days in the year (normally 365, but 366 in a leap year - please note that 2020 is a leap year), then multiplied by the number of days the payment covers.
Please see the examples below:
Mr Smith's weekly housing benefit is £183.46
His payment for August (a 31 day month) would be £810.03, and is worked out as follows:
£183.46 x 52 weeks = £9,539.92 per year £9,539.92
£9,539.92 divided by 365 days = £26.13 per day, £26.13 x 31 days in August = £810.03 per calendar month
Mrs Jones' weekly Housing Benefit is £183.46
Her payment for June (a 30 day month) would be £783.90 and is worked out as follows:
£183.46 x 52 weeks = £9,539.92 per year
£9,539.92 divided by 365 days = £26.13 per day £26.13 x 30 days in June = £783.90 per calendar month
If we pay you calendar monthly, please note as we pay you for the amount of days in the payment period and as February is a 28 day month (or 29 day month in 2020) you will receive a slightly lower payment than you receive in a 30 or 31 day month.
If the last Monday of the month is a bank holiday, your payment will made on the next working day.
Calendar monthly payment dates
| Date of payment || Days in month |
| 25 November 2019 || 30 |
| 30 December 2019 || 31 |
| 27 January 2020 || 31 |
| 24 February 2020 || 29 |
| 30 March 2020 || 31 |