Ways to repay Housing Benefit

How to pay back overpayments

If you’re struggling to pay your Housing Benefit overpayment, we wanted to make you aware of the support available and how the Council can help you if you have been affected.

We will also consider a special payment plan so that the Housing Benefit overpayment due is split over an appropriate period, specific to your individual circumstances.  

Given the demands on our contact centre, we would request that all contact is via email to the revenue and benefits overpayments team. We will come back to you promptly.

By card

Use our online form, or call our automated telephone line to make a secure online payment.

Pay us back if you have received too much Housing Benefit

0800 783 1719 option 5

Direct Debit

Direct Debit is safe, reliable and fast. You will be covered by the Direct Debit Guarantee. Call us during the office hours below to set up a Direct Debit.

0131 469 5332

Through your bank

Pay online, telephone banking or at a branch of your bank or building society. You should quote all of the following

  • The City of Edinburgh Council
  • bank sort code 83-06-08
  • account number 00740589
  • your invoice number.

By post

Make your cheque or postal order payable to ‘The City of Edinburgh Council’. Write your name and invoice number on the back, then send it to us at the address provided.

Do not send cash or postdated cheques.