Council tax support and housing benefit calculator

Complete this form for an instant on-line estimate. This calculatuion is only an estimate and is based on the information you supply. For a full evaluation, make a formal claim. Visit the North Somerset Council website

Step 1: Rent

This section requests rent and weekly local housing allowance details for a housing benefit claim. Skip Step 1 if you just want help with your council tax bill.

Step 2: Council Tax

This section requests your council tax details (Skip Step 2 if you do not want help with your council tax bill)

Step 3: General

This section requests some general information about you. If you answer "yes" to this first question you can skip all the income questions (Steps 7 to 11) because your income will be entirely disregarded for the purposes of this calculation.

Step 4: Capacities and disabilities

This section requests information about work capacity, health, disability issues or carer functions of you (the claimant) and your partner if you have any. Skip Step 4 if you don't have any. If you are a permitted work earner on the higher monetary limit you are likely to be awarded substantial benefit. Enter any Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) payments at Step 8 as other unearned income. Where a partner gets the higher ESA support component, a couple might want to swap claim roles to increase potential housing benefit or council tax support.

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You get Attendance or Constant Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Invalid Vehicle Scheme or Motability, War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement, Severe Disablement Allowance, Incapacity Benefit (paid at the long term rate) or you are registered blind (or regained your sight in the last 28 weeks).
Or you (the claimant only) have been off work sick for at least 52 weeks (28 if terminally ill) with medical evidence or sick notes.

  1. You (and partner) get care component of Disability Living Allowance (middle/high rate) or the Personal Independence Payment daily living component, attendance or constant attendance allowance  (or partner blind and you get one), and
  2. No other adult lives in your home except your partner, other than disabled persons, your carer, landlord or other tenants,

Step 5: Children and young people

This section requests details of your children and young people for whom child benefit is paid.

Step 6: Single lone parent

This section requests details for single lone parents only - otherwise skip this step

Step 7: Earnings

This section requests your earnings details. As mentioned at Step 3, skip to step 12 if you are on Income Support, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-related Employment Support Allowance or Pension Guaranteed Credit. Give figures for the claimant (and partner). Include average earnings from employment and self employment. Be sure to enter weekly figures in the weekly column only and monthly figures in the monthly column only.



Step 8: Unearned income

This section requests your unearned income figures for you (and your partner). Please make them weekly.
Subtract a 20 from the weekly rent received from each one.

We do not count war pensions, charitable payments or payments made as a result of personal injury as income so do not include them.

Step 9: Savings

This section requests your savings, investments and other assets (claimant and partner). You cannot qualify for any housing benefit if you and any partner have 16,000 or more in savings and investments. For most working age applicants, you cannot qualify for any council tax support if you and any partner have 10,000 or more - but that limit is 16,000 if you are of pension age. The home you live in and personal possessions do not count.

Step 10: Childcare

This section requests your eligible childcare charges (up to 175 per week for one child or 300 for more) and student expenses. Charges for registered or approved childcare can be deducted from the income of couples or lone parents in remunerative work or on statutory sick, maternity, paternity or adoption pay or a similar benefit (up to 28 weeks). Each parent must be working at least 16 hours a week - but couples still qualify if one works and the partner is incapacitated, in hospital or prison. Costs of childcare in the child's own home by a close relative are excluded.

Step 11: Tax and pension credits

This section requests information about tax and pension credits

Step 12: Non rent paying adults

This section requests information about other adults who live with you but pay no rent (often grown-up children) - not including your partner or students. These "non-dependants" are assumed to be contributing to the household income so a deduction is made from any benefit for each one. Enter the number of non-dependants in each of these income categories but skip this step if you (or your partner) is disabled due to blindness, or are receiving a Disability Living Allowance care or Personal Independence Payment living component or attendance allowance has been awarded.

That's all you need to do!   Click and let the program work it out.

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tax or pension credits per week.

How your benefit is worked out.If the total applicable amount is higher than net weekly income, maximum benefit is awarded. But if net weekly income is higher than the total applicable amount, 65% of the "excess income" is deducted from maximum housing benefit to find the award. For council tax support a 20% of the "excess income" taper is deducted from the maximum award. Non-dependant deductions are also taken off at this stage.


Later in 2013 a cap may be put on the total amount of benefits you can get, one of which is Housing Benefit. No cap will apply to council tax support.

Alternative council tax support is often called second adult rebate. It is based on the income of the non-dependants. The program calculates if you are better off with an award based on your circumstances or your non-dependants. Second adult rebate weekly council tax support.

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Valid April 2013 through March 2014 - Copyright