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How housing benefit is awarded

This content applies to England

How housing benefit is awarded, including the date that it is paid from, and the manner in which it is paid.

Payment of housing benefit

How often housing benefit is paid, and the manner in which it can be paid. 

Date from which benefit is awarded

When housing benefit will be awarded from. 

How quickly payment should be made, and entitlement to interim payment

How quickly payment should be made after an initial claim, and entitlement to interim payment 

How long an award lasts

How long an award of housing benefit lasts and the date on which an entitlement ends. 

Extended payments

Extended payments under which claimants who start work can continue to receive housing benefit for four weeks. 

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