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Service standards for housing benefit

This page outlines what you can expect from us and what you can do if we do not deliver the standard of service we have agreed to provide.

It also summarises our recent service performance figures.

Housing benefit service standards

  • We process new benefit claims and make decisions in respect of backdating within ten working days of receiving all necessary information.
  • We process notified changes in circumstances within five working days of receiving all necessary information.
  • We respond to complaints within ten working days.
  • We process appeals within 28 working days.

If you think we have broken our standards

Your feedback is important and helps us to make improvements to our services. You can give us your feedback in a number of ways:-

  • use our online form for comments, complaints and compliments
  • write to us at Your Feedback, Lewisham Council, Laurence House, London SE6 4RU. This is a FREEPOST address.

Service performance figures for October 2015

  • Average time to process a new claim is 19 days
  • Year to date: 18 days
  • Average time to process a change to an existing claim is 9 days
  • Year to date: 6 days

Percentage of complaints processed within ten working days

  • Target 2015–16: 93%
  • Year to date: 90%

Contact

Housing benefit
Housing Benefits Team Po Box 58996
Catford Road
Se6 9jd
 

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