If you are in receipt of any of the benefits listed below, you will normally be entitled to maximum council tax support and or housing benefit.
This means that all of your eligible rent will be covered by housing benefit depending on your local housing allowance rate or the rent figure set by the rent officer. Not all of your council tax bill will be covered by council tax support and you will need to pay something depending on your circumstances (this came into effect from April 2013).
However, there may be deductions made for any non-dependent that you have living with you. A non-dependent is someone over the age of 18 who lives with you on a non-commercial basis.
For example adult sons or daughters, elderly parents, other family members or friends.
If you do not receive any of the benefits listed above, then the council has to compare your weekly income and any savings you have (if you and your partner have joint capital of more than £16,000 you will not normally be able to receive housing benefit).
For council tax support for working age claimants, the upper savings limit, is £10,000 from 1 April 2017. If your savings are under £10,000, the first £6,000 is not taken into account. Between £6,000 & £10,000 a tariff income of £1 for every £250 is assumed. For example if a working age claimant has £7250 in savings the first £6000 is ignored and then £5pw tariff income is assumed from the remaining £1250 capital (£7250 – £6000 = £1250)
For claimants who have reached the qualifying age for state pension credit, the upper savings limit remains at £16,000. If your savings are under £16,000, the first £10,000 is not taken into account. Between £10,000 & £16,000 a tariff income of £1 for every £500 is assumed. Using the example above, if a pension age claimant had £7250 in savings, no tariff income would be assumed.
Applicable amounts vary for different situations, which is one reason why it is very difficult to compare your benefit entitlement with a friend or neighbour. It depends on:
Your applicable amount is made up of personal allowances (for general needs), and premiums (for special needs). Your applicable amount, and how it has been calculated, is always shown on your decision letter. You need to check this as carefully as you check the income and capital that we have used when working out your benefit entitlement, and ask us to explain anything you do not understand or that you think may be wrong.
Yes, you can use the benefits calculator to do your own 'trial calculation'. You can also see when you will reach state retirement pension age.
We will need to see evidence of your identity, income and capital. If you are a private tenant we will need to see proof of your rent. Details of exactly what is required can be found in the benefit claim form.
We can usually pay you from the date we receive your claim form. Any entitlement will normally start from the Monday following this date.
In some circumstances we may be able to pay your claim from an earlier date than the date we received your claim form. This is known as backdating and you will need to show 'good cause' for not claiming earlier.