Housing Benefits and Council Tax Support
How is Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support calculated?
Housing and Council Tax support is assessed on a means tested assessment for people who pay rent and /or Council Tax.
The means tested calculation 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 Support depends on many circumstances. When calculating Housing and Council Tax Support we will take the following 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 and Council Tax Support. However, if you are over 60 and in receipt of the Guaranteed Credit part of the Pension Credit you may qualify.
By using the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support Calculator you can find out how much you will be entitled to.
Pages in Housing Benefits and Council Tax Support
- Housing and Council Tax Support
- Council Tax Support Scheme
- You are here: How is Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support calculated?
- How to claim
- Current claim
- What is Second Adult Rebate?
- What are discretionary housing payment and Council Tax Support discretionary fund?
- When will my Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support be paid?
- What happens if I am awarded benefit and I have a change in my circumstances?
- Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support Fraud
- What to do if you disagree with a decision for Housing Benefit
- What to do if you disagree with a decision for Council Tax Support
- 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