Frequently Asked Question


How do you work out my Housing Benefit?


If you get Guarantee Credit, Income Support or income-based Jobseekers Allowance, we will pay you full benefit. This is the highest amount of Housing Benefit you can get. But this does not always mean we will pay your rent in full. For example, if you rent your home from a private landlord, the Housing Benefit we give you can often be less than the rent you are charged. If it is, you will have to pay the difference from your own income. We also take any non-dependant deductions off your benefit. If you do not get Guarantee Credit, Income Support or income-based Jobseekers Allowance, we have to work out how much benefit we can pay. We do this by comparing the amount the Government says you need to live on each week (your 'applicable amount') with your income. If your income is less than your applicable amount, you will get full benefit. If your income is more than your applicable amount, we have to take some of the difference off your benefit. To work out Housing Benefit, for every 1 of income you have over your applicable amount, we take 65 pence off your benefit. We also take any non-dependant deductions off your benefit. The Government says that if your Housing Benefit is less than 50 pence a week, we cannot pay you anything.