How housing benefit is calculated


All income is assessed on a weekly basis.

Included in the assessment are:

  • state retirement pension
  • occupational pensions
  • earned income
  • contribution-based employment and support allowance or jobseeker's allowance

If you or your partner have 'earned income' such as wages, salary or profits from a business, deductions are made for tax, National Insurance and half of any pension contributions made.

Passported benefits

The following are all classed as passported benefits:

  • income support
  • income-based jobseeker's allowance
  • employment and support allowance and guaranteed credit

Therefore, you will be entitled to the maximum help available depending on your age.

Please note: certain categories of income, such as Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance, are disregarded in whole or in part.