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Housing benefit and council tax support award notifications 2018/19

Explanation of some terms in your award notification

Applicable amount

Your applicable amount is the amount of money the government says you need to cover basic living costs each week. This doesn't include rent or council tax and it depends on your individual circumstances. The amount changes every year with inflation.

We compare your income to your applicable amount to work out how much benefit you will get. The higher your income is above your applicable amount, the less benefit you will get.

If you get income-related employment and support allowance, income support, income-based jobseekers allowance or pension credit guaranteed credit, we don't use your applicable amount to work out how much benefit you get.

Gross weekly income

Your gross weekly income is all the money you get per week. 

Your total weekly income is the amount we use to work out how much benefit you will get. The higher your income is above your applicable amount, the less benefit you will get.

Disregarded income

Disregarded income is money you get that we don't take into account when we work out how much benefit you will get.

Excess income

Excess income is the amount of income you get over your applicable amount.

Non-dependant deduction

A non-dependant is normally an adult who lives with you who is not your partner. In some cases we make a deduction from your benefit amount to represent the contribution the government expects them to make to your household.

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