Extended Payments

Extended payments are payments of housing benefit made for the first four weeks from when a customer or their partner either starts work or increases their hours or earnings.

Conditions of entitlement

The claimant or partner must have stopped claiming income support, job seekers allowance (income based), incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance, or employment support allowance (income related or contribution based) and:

  • were in receipt of one of the above benefits for 26 weeks continuously before starting or increasing their hours of work
  • the job is expected to last for more than five weeks

We will decide if you have met the 26-week condition.  You can appeal if we have decided that you have not met the condition.

How to claim

You do not have to claim an extended payment.  You just need to advise us that you have started work, increased your hours or earnings and that you have ceased to receive one of the above mentioned benefits.

Page last updated: 21 November 2016