Council Tax Support and Housing Benefit Calculator

Fill out this simple form for an instant on-line estimate - this calculation is only an estimate and is based on the information you supply.

For a full evaluation make a formal claim asap. Usually Benefit / Support will only start from the Monday after the Council receive your form.

Preliminary Step

This step is only for a claimant (or partner) in receipt of Universal Credit. If this does not apply to you, please go straight to Step 1.
If "Yes" then please skip the income steps 7, 8 and 9.

Step 1: Rent

This section requests rent details for a Housing Benefit Claim. Please go straight to Step 2 if you are on Universal Credit or just want help with your Council Tax bill.
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Step 2: Council Tax

To complete this section you need to enter your Council Tax details. If you do not want help with your Council Tax bill please go straight to step 3.
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Step 3: General

This section asks for some general information about you. If you answer "Yes" to the first question you can skip all the income questions (steps 7 to 11) because your income will be entirely disregarded for the purposes of this calculation.

Step 4: Capacities and Disabilities

Use this section to tell us about any work capacity / health / disability issues or carer functions that apply to you and/or your partner. If this does not apply to you, please go straight to Step 5. Should you be one of the few Permitted Work earners (on the higher monetary limit) then you are likely to be awarded substantial benefit so do apply asap. Be sure to enter any Employment and Support Allowance payments when completing Step 8 as other unearned income. Where a partner gets the (higher) ESA support component, a couple might want to swap claim roles to increase potential Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support.
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You get Attendance or Constant Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Invalid Vehicle Scheme or Motability, War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement, Severe Disablement Allowance, Incapacity Benefit (paid at the long term rate) or you are registered blind (or regained your sight in the last 28 weeks)
Or you (the claimant only) have been off work sick for at least 52 weeks (or 28 if terminally ill) with medical evidence / sick notes
  1. You (and your partner) get the care component of DLA (middle/high rate) or the PIP daily living component or Attendance / Constant Attendance Allowance  (or your partner is blind and you get one)
  2. No other adult lives in your home except your partner, other than disabled persons, your carer, landlord or other tenants.

Step 5: Children and Young Persons

Use this section to let us know the details of any of your children and young persons for whom child benefit is paid.

Step 6: Single Lone Parent

You only need to complete this section if you are a single lone parent. If this does not apply to you please skip this step.

Step 7: Earnings

This section relates to your earnings details. As mentioned at Step 3, go straight to step 12 if you are on Income Support, Income-based JSA, Income-related ESA or PGC. Please provide figures for the claimant (and partner). Include average earnings from employment and self employment. Be sure to enter weekly and monthly figures in the appropriate columns only.
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Step 8: Unearned Income

Use this section to detail any Unearned income figures for you (and your partner). Please make them weekly.
Do subtract a £20.00 disregard from the weekly rent received from each one.
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We do not count War Pensions, charitable payments or payments made as a result of personal injury as income. Do not enter them below.
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Step 9: Savings

Use this section to tell us about any savings, investments and other assets that you (as the claimant) and your partner have. You cannot qualify for any Housing Benefit or (most) Council Tax Support if you and any partner have £16,000 or more in savings and investments. The home you live in and personal possessions do not count.
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Step 10: Childcare

Use this section to tell us about your eligible childcare charges (up to £175 p/w for 1 child or £300 for more) and student expenses. Charges for registered or approved childcare can be deducted from the income of couples or lone parents in remunerative work or on Statutory Sick, Maternity, Paternity or Adoption Pay or a similar benefit (up to 28 weeks).Each parent must be working at least 16 hours a week - but couples still qualify if one works and the partner is incapacitated, in hospital or prison. N.B. costs of childcare in the child's own home by a close relative are excluded.
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Step 11: Tax and Pension Credits

Use this section to tell us about any Tax and Pension Credits. This is income from the government that nearly everyone receives. It gets added to claim income.
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Step 12: Non Rent Paying Adults

Use this section to tell us about other adults who live with you but pay no rent (often grown-up children). Do not include your partner, students or members of the armed forces away on operations. These so called "non-dependants" are assumed to be contributing to the household income so a deduction is made from any benefit for each one. You will need to enter the number of non-dependants in each of these income categories separately (working non-dependants may now be receiving Universal Credit as well). Please skip this step if you (or your partner) are disabled due to blindness, or are receiving a DLA care / PIP living component or Attendance Allowance has been awarded.
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Thank you. That is all the information we need.
Click and your estimated benefits will be automatically calculated.

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Tax / Pension Credits p/w

How your benefit is worked out: If the total applicable amount is higher than net weekly income, maximum benefit is awarded. But if net weekly income is higher than the total applicable amount For Council Tax Support a 20% of the "excess income" is deducted from the maximum award.
NB Non-dependant deductions are also taken off at this stage.

  

A cap may now be put on the total amount of benefits you can get, one of which is Housing Benefit. To find out whether the benefit cap will be applied to you, go to https://www.gov.uk/benefit-cap. You will need to make a note of how much Housing Benefit is shown here. No cap will apply to Council Tax Support.

Alternative Council Tax Support is often called Second Adult Rebate. It is based on the income of the non-dependants. The program calculates if you are better off with an award based on your circumstances or your non-dependants. Second adult rebate weekly Council Tax Support.

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