How housing benefit is calculated


A comparison is carried out between your net income and applicable amount, less any non-dependant deductions.

If your assessed income is greater than your applicable amount, then 65% of the excess is deducted from your maximum entitlement to housing benefit.

If your assessed income is less than your applicable amount, or you are on Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance (income based) or Guarantee Pension Credit you are entitled to maximum eligible help towards your rent and Council Tax, less any non-dependant deductions.