- Where the claimant is on a passport benefit any income is totally ignored and they are entitled to their Maximum HB. Passport benefits are: Guarantee Pension Credit, Income Support, Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance and Universal Credit for those living in 'specified accommodation'.
- The rule for all other claimants is that they will only be awarded HB if their (and any partner's) income is low enough.
- For couples you need to add together their total assessable income. But any income a child or non-dependant has is totally ignored.
- Some types of income count, whilst others are totally disregarded, and some have a partial disregard - click on the link below.
- For claimants on Savings Pension Credit (and no Guarantee Pension Credit) the HB Office have to use the income figure as calculated by the Pension Service.
- If the claimant (or partner) deprives themselves of income or fails to avail themselves of available income then they may be treated as possessing it - called notional income - click on the link below.
- Income can include:
- Benefits (with special rules for Tax Credit income)
- Other income such as pensions, student finance
- 'Tariff' income from savings.
Click on the links below to fin out more and/or use our HB Calculator
to find out how much someone will get.