Housing benefit and council tax support
Use the benefits calculator
The calculator will not show the correct award of council tax support if you have started a new job after being on Income Support / Job Seekers Allowance / Employment Support Allowance. The housing benefit amount will be correct but you will need to call 01925 443210 for calculation of your council tax support.
The level of housing benefit and council tax support is assessed by comparing your net income with your 'applicable amount'. This is a standard amount set by the government and it is the amount which the law says you need for day to day living expenses. It is made up of personal allowances and premiums. This is based on you or your partner’s age and your household make up. Please note there are some changes to 'applicable amounts' starting on 1 May 2016.
If you are getting Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance (IR), you will only get all of your council tax support if you live in Band A property and 91.5% of your liability if you live above Band A. This is the maximum amount we can pay. Find out more about council tax bands. You may get less than the maximum amount if you have any non-dependants sharing your home. If you are receiving Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit) you will receive full council tax support.
If you do not get Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance, we compare your weekly income, including any added amount for capital together with your applicable amount.
If your weekly income is less than, or the same as, your applicable amount, we pay the maximum benefit, less amounts for any non-dependants that are living with you.
If your weekly income is more than your applicable amount we take 65p off your maximum housing benefit for each £1 of your income that is more than your applicable amount.
- The minimum housing benefit payable is 50p per week
If your weekly income is more than your applicable amount we take 20p off your maximum council tax support for each £1 of your income that is more than your applicable amount.
- The minimum council tax support is 1p per week