How housing benefit is calculated

If you're of working age

If you or your partner have capital between £6,000 and £16,000, the government regulations require that we assume a national income of £1 per week for every £250 (or part £250) over £6,000. This will be shown as 'Capital Income' on the benefit decision letter. Any capital below £6,000 is disregarded.

A claim can only be backdated for one calendar month from the receipt date of the written request. In all cases, you must show continuous 'good cause' for the delay in applying for benefit.