Payment by Cheque

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    My LA has said that they are not going to set up any alternative way of paying LHA. Customers HAVE to get a bank account. Are there any more LA’s like this and can anyone tell me of their alternative ways of paying?


    We are keeping the facility to pay by cheque available as a last resort. We have been paying by BACs for some years now but we have always kept the cheque facility available whilst encouraging people to accept BACs payments. Landlords have been ‘pushed’ into all being paid by BACs because it was a much more secure method of payment and there was too much potential for fraud, but claimants can still be paid by cheque.

    We have a Second Wave authority near us and they have advised that although they only have a few cases, there are still some people who have to be paid by cheque.

    I can’t see how you could refuse to pay HB based solely based on the fact that someone can’t or won’t open a bank account.


    You can’t; the regs on payment have not changed. In any case, there are plenty of LA’s who still do not pay anyone by bacs.

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