Housing Systems: Combating poverty and sustaining tenancies.
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How Much: How Calculated


KEY FACTS:

  • Claimants on the basic 'top-up' benefits, often referred to as the 'passport benefits' are normally entitled to their Maximum HB award - click here.
  • All other claimants will make a 'standard' claim for Housing Benefit and their award will be as outlines in the diagram below.
  • To do a calculation you can use:
    • The calculator on this site - click here.
    • Or, do it manually: click here for a manual HB calculation sheet.

  • For more details about the different aspects of the calculation click on on of the icons below.

 

Maximum HB

Paid to those on a 'passport' benefit. Click on the icon to find out more. 

The 5 Steps

The 5 steps to the HB assessment. 

Rent

How is the claimant's eligible rent worked out? 

Service Charges

Which can be covered and which not.

Bedroom Tax

How the under-occupancy penalty works and tips on minimising the impact.

Local Housing Allowance

How the system works for private rented tenants.

Non-Dep Deductions

What are they - how much and tips on minimising.

Applicable Amount

How is it worked out ? - allowances, components and premiums.

Income

What counts, and what is disregarded. How earnings affect an award.

Savings/Capital

What counts and what is disregarded. Tariff income and savings levels. 

Benefit Cap

Whose affected, whose excluded and the impact on the HB award.

Maximising

Tips on maximising a HB award.