Housing and Council Tax Benefit
How is Housing and Council Tax Benefit calculated?
Housing and Council Tax Benefit is assessed by comparing your income against figures provided by the government that reflect your basic needs. This is called your applicable amount.
The applicable amount differs for each person as it relates to you and your family's circumstances. We consider:
- you and your partners age
- any disabilities you or your partner may have
- any children for whom child benefit is payable to either you or your partner
Whether you qualify for Housing and Council Tax Benefit depends on many circumstances. When calculating Housing and Council Tax Benefit we will take into consideration
- your income - please note that since 27/10/08 child maintenance is fully disregarded in the calculation and from 02/11/09 Child Benefit will also be fully disregarded
- any savings you may have
- the size of your family
- income from non-dependents (other people aged 18 or over who live with you)
Remember - If you are aged between 16 and 60 and have savings of £16,000 or over, you will not qualify for Housing Benefit. However, if you are over 60 and in receipt of the Guaranteed Credit part of the Pension Credit you may qualify.
By using the Online Benefit Calculator you can find out how much you will be entitled to.
Pages in Housing and Council Tax Benefit
- What is Housing and Council Tax Benefit?
- You are here: How is Housing and Council Tax Benefit calculated?
- How to claim
- Current claim
- What is Second Adult Rebate?
- What is a discretionary housing payment?
- When will my Benefit be paid?
- What happens if I am awarded benefit and I have a change in my circumstances?
- Benefit Fraud
- What to do if you disagree with a decision
- The Valuation Office Agency (VOA)
- Local Housing Allowance (LHA)
- Information from the Department of Work & Pensions regarding changes to Housing Benefit from April 2011
- Housing Benefit Change for Some Single People
- Changes to the Benefit System as of April 2013