When we work out your benefit we take into account the following details -
If you and/or your partner are working we take into account all of your pay but deduct income tax, national insurance and half of any money you pay into a pension scheme.
There are certain benefits which we do not take into account i.e disability living allowance and attendance allowance, however you must still tell us about and provide proof of all income you receive.
We also need to be told about all your savings and investments. We disregard the first £6000 of your savings and investments however please still provide us with proof.
If you get income support, jobseekers allowance (income based) or employment support allowance (income related), you may receive maximum benefit based on your eligible rent.
An applicable amount is the amount the government says you need to live on each week and your benefit will be calculated by comparing the level of your income to this amount.
Your applicable amount is made up of three parts -
These amounts are set by the government and normally change every year.
If you are a private tenant and make a new claim your entitlement will be calculated using the Local Housing Allowance rates.