Extended payments of housing benefit

Extended payment of Housing Benefit is an extra four weeks of Housing Benefit to help pay your rent when certain other benefits stop because you're going back to work, working more hours or earning more money.

Eligibility

You may be able to claim extended payment of Housing Benefit if you or your partner have stopped getting income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance because one of you is expecting to do one of the following for five weeks or more:

  • start work - employed or self-employed
  • work more hours
  • earn more money

and you have been getting one of the following:

  • Jobseeker's Allowance or Income Support or both continuously for at least 26 weeks or 
  • Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance continuously for at least 26 weeks

and

  • you expect the work, increased hours or earnings to last for five weeks or more and you've not been getting Income Support

How much you get

Normally you'll get the same amount of Housing Benefit as you did before your income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance stopped.

How it's paid

It's paid in the same way you usually get your Housing Benefit.

How to apply

You must tell us and the Jobcentre Plus office that you or your partner are about to or have started work, increased your hours of work or are earning more money. You must also tell them (within four weeks of the change) if the change is expected to last five weeks or more.

When your income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Income Support stops because you start work or your circumstances change, your Jobcentre Plus or social security office will tell us you've stopped getting those benefits and how long you'd been getting them.

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