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Housing Benefit

How Housing Benefit is calculated

Housing Benefit is assessed by comparing your income against figures provided by the government that reflect the basic needs of a household. This is called your applicable amount.

The applicable amount will vary from person to person depending on your circumstances, including:

  • You and your partners age
  • Any disabilities that you or your partner may have
  • Any children for whom child benefit is payable

When calculating the amount of Housing Benefit you may be entitled to we take into account:

  • Your income
  • Any savings you may have
  • The size of your family
  • Non - dependents (other people aged 18 or over who live with you)

You may wish to try the Online Benefit Calculator to find out how much you may be entitled to.  

Once an assessment has been done of your case we will write to you to let you know the outcome and if benefit has been awarded how much it is and when it will apply from