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How you will get your benefit

Council Tax Reduction

Any Council Tax Reduction that you are entitled to will be put straight onto your Council Tax account. You will receive a new bill confirming how your Council Tax instalments have changed due to the Council Tax Reduction. For more information on how to make these payments or to sign up for a Direct Debit please visit our Council Tax payment page.

Housing Benefit

How your Housing Benefit is paid depends on the kind of tenancy that you have. Please note that payment days and dates may change slightly around bank holidays, Christmas and Easter. If we need to make payments into your bank account you may be interested to know that you can set up a Credit Union account to receive your payments. Please visit Six Towns Credit Union for more information.

Council Tenants

Your Housing Benefit will be paid every week directly to your rent account with Sandwell Housing It will be paid weekly on a Friday. You should change your payments to make sure that your rent account is kept up to date. If you are not sure about how much you should pay our Housing Team will be able to help you.

Housing Association/Registered Social Landlord Tenants

If you have a tenancy with one of these organisations you normally have a choice as to how Housing Benefit is paid. You can get the Housing Benefit paid directly into your bank account and make the rental payments yourself. You will receive your Housing Benefit every four weeks in arrears. This means that the payment that you receive will be for the four weeks that have just ended. Alternatively, you can ask for payments to be made directly to your landlord. Your landlord will receive Housing Benefit payments from us every four weeks in arrears. Please note that you will be responsible for paying your landlord any difference between the rent that is charged and your Housing Benefit.

Private Tenants

Most Private Tenants are paid under the Local Housing Allowance Scheme. You will receive your Housing Benefit payments direct to your bank account every two weeks in arrears. This means that the payment that you receive will be for the two weeks that have just ended.

The current Local Housing Allowance rates for Sandwell are shown below. The figures shown are the maximum amount payable and the actual Housing Benefit entitlement may be lower than the figure below. (All figures are weekly amounts):

Property size Black Country Area Birmingham Area
Shared property/Under 35's £60.18 £67.00
1 Bedroom £91.82 £120.82
2 Bedroom £117.37 £143.84
3 Bedroom £136.93 £155.34
4 Bedroom £172.60 £195.62

 

We can consider making Housing Benefit payments directly to your landlord if you have rent arrears or have difficulty managing your finances due to vulnerability. We can also make payments directly to your landlord where it is a condition of the tenancy and your rent is equal to or lower than your LHA rate. If payments are made directly to your landlord then they will be made every four weeks. Please note that if you have rent arrears of eight weeks or more then we are legally required to make the payments directly to your landlord.

Any payments made to your landlord will be paid four weekly in arrears.

Before October 1996 we used to pay Housing Benefit two weekly in advance. Anyone who has claimed continuously since before this date may still receive their Housing Benefit in this way.

Payment Dates 2022-23

All of customers who are in Housing Association or Privately Rented properties are paid on the same dates. The payment dates for the year 2019-20 are shown below:

Paid two-weekly in arrears
 Date payment is made  Period Payment is for
 4 April 2022  21 March 2022 - 03 April 2022
 18 April 2022  04 April 2022 - 17 April 2022
 2 May 2022  18 April 2022 - 01 May 2022
 16 May 2022  02 May 2022 - 15 May 2022
 30 May 2022  16 May 2022 - 29 May 2022
 13 June 2022  30 May 2022 - 12 June 2022
 27 June 2022  13 June 2022 - 26 June 2022
 11 July 2022  27 June 2022 - 10 July 2022
 25 July 2022  11 July 2022 - 24 July 2022
 08 August 2022  25 July 2022 - 07 August 2022
 22 August 2022  08 August 2022 - 21 August 2022
 5 September 2022  21 August 2021 - 04 September 2022
 19 September 2022  05 September 2022 - 18 September 2022
 3 October 2022  19 September 2022 - 02 October 2022

 17 October 2022

 03 October 2022 - 16 October 2022
 31 October 2022  17 October 2022 - 30 October 2022
 14 November 2022  31 October 2022 - 13 November 2022
 28 November 2022  14 November 2022 - 27 November 2022
 12 December 2022  28 November 2022 - 11 December 2022
 24 December 2022  12 December 2022 - 25 December 2022
 09 January 2023  26 December 2022 - 08 January 2023
 23 January 2023  09 January 2023 - 22 January 2023
 6 February 2023  23 January 2023 - 05 February 2023
 20 February 2023  06 February 2023 - 19 February 2023
 6 March 2023  20 February 2023 - 05 March 2023
 20 March 2023  06 March 2023 - 19 March 2023
Paid four-weekly in arrears
Date payment is made Period payment is for
4 April 2022  07 March 2022 - 03 April 2022
2 May 2022  04 April 2022 - 01 May 2022
30 May 2022  02 May 2022 - 29 May 2022
27 June 2022  30 May 2022 - 26 June 2022
25 July 2022  27 June 2022 - 24 July 2022
22 August 2022  25 July 2022 - 21 August 2022
19 September 2022  22 August 2022 - 18 September 2022
17 October 2022  19 September 2022 - 16 October 2022
14 November 2022  17 October 2022 - 13 November 2022
12 December 2022  14 November 2022 - 11 December 2022
9 January 2023  12 December 2022 - 08 January 2023
6 February 2023  09 January 2023 - 05 February 2023
6 March 2023  06 February 2023 - 05 March 2023