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/Jobseekers 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.
Income support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Guaranteed Credit are all classed as Passported Benefits. Therefore, you will be entitled to the maximum help available depending on your age.
Certain categories of income, such as Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance, are disregarded in whole or in part.