The overall benefits speed of processing during 2018/19 for new housing benefit claims and changes in circumstance was 17.7 days against a target of 13.9 days. Performance in 2018/19 stayed fairly consistent throughout the year, with new claims being processed on average in around 30 days for the second year running.
Processing of changes in circumstances averaged 16.4 days which was slightly slower than in 2017/18 . Performance is expected to improve during 2019/20 following the recruitment of additional processing resource and the increased usage by claimants of intelligent on-line application forms.
The benefits speed of processing for April to June 2019 was 18.6 days against a target of 16 days. This was an improvement of over 2 days in the overall time taken to process benefits compared to the same period in 2018/19.