Calculation of housing benefit and council tax support

Benefits - overall limits

A cap has been introduced to limit the maximum amount of money you can receive in benefits.  The government adds up how much money you get from the following benefits:

  • Bereavement allowance
  • Carer's allowance
  • Child benefit
  • Child tax credit
  • Employment support allowance (except where claiming the support element of this allowance)
  • Guardian's allowance
  • Housing benefit
  • Incapacity benefit
  • Income support
  • Job seeker’s allowance
  • Maternity allowance
  • Severe disablement allowance
  • Widowed parent’s allowance
  • Widowed mother's allowance
  • Widow's pension
  • Widow’s pension age-related

If the total comes to more than the maximum amount allowed your housing benefit payments will be reduced.  The maximum amount of benefit people will be able to receive will be:

  • £350 per week for single people without children
  • £500 for single parents
  • £500 for couples with or without children

The limits will not apply to you if:

  • you get pension credit or working tax credit
  • you, or a member of your household is receiving disability living allowance, personal independence payment, attendance allowance, working tax credits, war widow’s, war widower’s or war disablement pension, the support element of the employment support allowance

Pages in Calculation of housing benefit and council tax support

  1. Introduction
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  3. Non-dependants
  4. Pensioners
  5. Alternative maximum council tax reduction
  6. People of working age