Housing Benefit helps people on low incomes with the cost of their rent and is paid by the local council.

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You can only have it paid to your landlord in certain circumstances, if: How soon will I be paid?

Payment should be made in 14 days if we have all the relevant information.

If we do not have enough information to make a final decision then a payment on account may be made. Housing benefit is usually paid in arrears every 4 weeks.

The minimum amount of benefit paid is 50 pence per week.

You may be able to get help with the shortfall in your rent in certain circumstances; this is known as a Discretionary Housing Payment.

If you rent from a private landlord we usually pay housing benefit directly into your bank or building society account every four weeks.If you do not have one, see our leaflet, "A Guide to Basic Bank Accounts", for further help.If your Housing Benefit is worked out using Local Housing Allowance, you can get the Local Housing Allowance rate for your needs or your actual rent (whichever is lower) less any deductions we make for other adults living with you.Housing Benefit for tenants in exempt accommodation is based on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) valuation of a reasonable rent.Further deductions are made for any other adults living with you and for any charges included in your rent which are not eligible for Housing Benefit, like heating and hot water.Housing Benefit in the social sector is based on 100% of your rent, less (if you are not a pensioner) a deduction of: Further deductions are made for any other adults living with you and for any charges included in your rent which are not eligible for housing benefit, like heating and hot water.