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Applicable amount table

The information below is to help you with the calculation of your Housing Benefit/Council Tax Reduction.

Your applicable amount is the amount the Government says you and your family need to live on each week. It is made up of either personal allowances only, or a combination of personal allowances and premiums. Which of these apply to your claim will depend on your age, circumstances, and who is in your household. When your applicable amount has been calculated, it is compared with your income. This is done to work out your benefit entitlement.

You can find out if you are entitled to Council Tax and/or Housing Benefit. You can do this by clicking on the 'online benefit calculator' link below. You will need to enter:

  • your personal circumstances
  • household income and
  • capital details

From this it will work out your applicable amount and your entitlement (if any).

If you are renting from a private landlord you will need to find out the Local Housing Allowance Rate that applies to you.

A private landlord does not include a housing association.

Online benefit calculator

Applicable amounts for 2018-2019. These do not apply if you are on income support

Personal

Personal Allowances for: £
Single claimant aged less than 25 years 57.90
Single claimant aged not less than 25 years 73.10
Single claimant aged 60 years to 64 years 163.00
Single claimant aged 65 years or over 176.40
Lone parent aged less than 18 years 57.90
Lone parent aged not less than 18 years 73.10
Lone parent aged 60 years to 64 years 163.00
Lone parent aged 65 years or over 176.40
Couple both aged less than 18 years 87.50
Couple at least one aged 18 years 114.85
Couple at least one aged 60 years to 64 years 248.80
Couple at least one aged 65 years or over 263.80
Child or young person from birth to first Monday in September following their 16th birthday 66.90
Child or young person from first Monday in September following their 16th birthday to the day before their 20th birthday 66.90

Please Note:

  1. You normally must be in receipt of Child Benefit for the young person. This is if a personal allowance for the young person is to be added to your applicable amount.
  2. If you are 60 years of age or over, the personal allowance may not apply to you right away. This is due to the equalisation of state pension age.

Premiums

Premiums £
Family Premium (claimants with children) 17.45
Family Premium (Lone Parent) protected for certain claimants 22.20
Disability Premium for single person 33.55
Disability Premium for couple 47.80
Enhanced Disability Premium for single person 16.40
Enhanced Disability Premium for couple 23.55
Enhanced Disability Premium for child 25.48
Severe Disability Premium for single person 64.30
Severe Disability Premium for couple where one qualifies 64.30
Severe Disability Premium for couple where both qualify 128.60
Carer Premium 36.00
Disabled Child Premium 62.86

Amenity charges

If you pay rent to a landlord and your rent includes payment for:

  • meals;
  • fuel; and/or
  • water charges

we have to deduct these from the rent. If these are included in your rent, but the amounts are not specified, we have to deduct the following:

Meal deductions

Meals provide Adult Child (under 16)
Full Board (at least three meals per day) 27.90 14.15
Breakfast Only 3.45 3.45
Part Board 18.60 9.35

Fuel charge deduction

More than one room £
Heating 30.30
Hot Water 3.50
Lighting 2.40
Cooking 3.50
All fuel 39.70

One room

Facilities £
Heating and any hot water and/or lighting 18.10
Cooking 3.50

Water charges

The Rent Officer usually works out what amount to deduct for water charges.

If you receive Local Housing Allowance, the above amenity charges do not apply.

Non-dependant deductions

We deduct an amount per week if an 18 year old, or older, lives with you. This is if you are not getting Child Benefit for them:

Non-dependant deductions

Age Council Tax Reduction/Income Housing Benefit Council Tax Reduction
Age 18 years or over, gross earnings £439.00 or more (Council Tax Reduction £436.90 or more) 98.30 11.90
Age 18 years or over, gross earnings £354.00 to £438.99 (Council Tax Reduction £351.65 to £436.89) 89.55 9.95
Age 18 years or over, gross earnings £265.00 to £353.99 (Council Tax Reduction £259.00 to £351.64) 78.65 7.90
Age 18 years or over, gross earnings £204.00 to £264.99 (Council Tax Reduction £202.85 to £258.99) 48.05 7.90
Age 18 years or over, gross earnings £139.00 to £203.99 (Council Tax Reduction £136.00 to £202.84) 35.00 3.90
Age 18 years or over, works 16 hours or more and income less than £139.00   15.25 3.90
Age 18 years or over and not working 16 hours or more   15.25 3.90
Age 25 years or over on Income Support, or Income Based Job Seeker's Allowance   15.25 0.00
In receipt of main phase Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)   15.25 0.00
Under 25 years of age on Income Support, or on Income Based Job Seeker's Allowance   0.00 0.00
Not in receipt of main phase Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)   0.00 0.00
In receipt of Pension Credit in and/or not in remunerative work   0.00 0.00

There is no non-dependant deduction if:

  • you or your partner are registered blind
  • you are receiving the care component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • you are receiving Attendance Allowance
  • you are receiving any rate of the daily living component of PIP payments

If you or your partner are:

  • aged 65 years or over
  • and a non-dependant moves in

there is no deduction for the first 26 weeks from the date they move in.

If you or your partner are 65 years of age or over and the non-dependant's income increases, the change is not done until 26 weeks after the increase. Although they are not implemented immediately, it is important that you notify us of these changes as they happen.

If you or your partner are working, we disregard one of the following amounts from your earned income:

Disregarded amounts

Status £
Single Parent 25.00
If your applicable amount includes the Disability Premium, Severe Disability Premium, or Higher Pensioner Premium 20.00
Couples 10.00
Single Person 5.00
Widowed Parent's Allowance and Widowed Mother's Allowance 15.00
Additional disregard for single persons. This is over the age of 25 years and couples without children. At least one must be aged 25 years or over. They must be working at least 30 hours per week 17.10

Single parents, couples with children, and disabled people working at least 16 hours per week

17.10

Working at least 16 hours per week and paying child care charges in respect of one child. This is up to a maximum of £175 per week of the child care charges. In respect of two or more children, up to a maximum of £300 per week of the child care charges. These are the main earnings deductions. You should contact us if you need more details.

Certain benefits, such as:

  • Child Benefit
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance

are disregarded. Maintenance received for a child is also disregarded

If you have more than £16,000 worth of capital assets you will not be entitled to benefit. If you have more than £6,000, for every £250 or part of £250 above £6,000, we add £1.00 to your weekly income. If you are 60 years of age or over, the first £10,000 is disregarded. £1.00 will be added for every £500 between £10,000 and £16,000.