Housing benefit and local council tax support

How much will I get?

Housing benefit and local council tax support are calculated by comparing the income you get each week, against the amount of money the government says you/your family need to live (called your applicable amount).

Your applicable amount represents the basic living needs of you/your family. The larger your family the larger your applicable amount. Your applicable amount is made up of three parts:

  • a personal allowance
  • allowances for children in your family
  • premiums, for those with disabilities, pensioners or carers

Applicable amounts are set each year by the government. Find out more on the DWP website.

The amount you could get will depend on you and your family's circumstances. When calculating a claim, we look at:

  • you and your partner's age
  • any disabilities you, your partner or your children may have
  • any children for whom child benefit is payable to either you or your partner

We also take into consideration:

  • your household, including children and other adults living with you
  • your income from all sources
  • any savings and investments you may have
  • the amount of eligible rent (see below) and council tax you are paying
  • the income of non-dependents (other people aged 18 or over who live with you)
  • any premiums you are entitled to (for those with disabilities, pensioners or carers)

Remember:

  • If you have savings of £16,000 or more, you will not qualify for housing benefit, unless you get the guarantee credit part of the pension credit, in which case you may still qualify.
  • If you have savings of £6,000 or more, you will not qualify for council tax support.
  • A cap on the amount of benefits a single person or family can receive was introduced in September 2013.

To find out whether you are eligible for housing benefit and council tax support, please use the benefits calculator.