Housing benefit and council tax support award notifications 2019

Explanation of some of the words in your letter

Applicable amount

Your applicable amount is the amount of money that the government says you need to cover basic living costs each week. This doesn’t include rent and council tax and it depends on your individual circumstances. The amount is set by the Department for Work and Pensions and changes every year.

We compare your income to your applicable amount to work out how much benefit you 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 Jobseeker’s allowance or Pension Credit guaranteed credit, we don’t use an applicable amount to work out your housing benefit and council tax support.

Gross weekly income

Your gross weekly income is all the money you have coming in each week.

Your total weekly income is the amount we use to work out how much housing benefit and council tax support you 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 count when we work out your benefit.

Excess income

Your excess income is the amount of income you have over your applicable amount.

Non-dependant deduction

A non-dependant is normally any adult who lives with you who is not your partner. In some cases we make a deduction from your housing benefit and council tax support to represent the contribution the government expects them to make to your household. This is called a non-dependant deduction.

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