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Online Benefits Calculator

Simply fill out this form for an instant on-line Benefits estimate. Remember this is an estimate based only on the information you supply. For a full calculation you must make a claim by contacting the council. Benefit will normally start from the Monday after a claim is received.

1. Your Rent
Skip this step if you just want help with your Council Tax bill



2. Your Council Tax
Skip this stage if you do not want help with your Council Tax bill
Please refer to your most recent Council Tax bill

3. General Information


4. Disability or Carer Details

  • Do you get Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Invalid Vehicle Scheme or Motability, War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement, Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Or, if you are the claimant and have been incapable of work for at least 52 weeks, Incapacity Benefit
  • Or are you registered blind (or have been blind but regained your sight in the last 28 weeks)
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1. You and your partner get:

  • The care component of Disability Living Allowance at the middle or highest rate,
  • Or Attendance Allowance
  • Or Constant Attendance Allowance or your partner is blind and you get one of the two.

2. And:

  • No other adult lives in your home (except for your partner, other disabled persons, your carer, your landlord or other tenants).

Are you or your partner being paid (or entitled to be paid) a Carer's Allowance for looking after someone else?

5. Children and Young Persons.

6. Single Parents

7. Your Income
Note: If you receive Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance or Pension Gurantee Credit you can skip to Step 12 because your income is assumed to be zero.

Please supply 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.









  • Aged 50 or over; and
  • Working 16 hours or more in an average week; and
  • Have recently stopped receiving state benefits after receiving them for at least six months ?

8. Unearned Weekly Income

This is automatically calculated.

(checking details)



9. Savings, Investments and other assets

You cannot qualify for any Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit if you and your partner have 16,000 or more in savings and investments.
The home you live in and personal possessions do not count.


10. Childcare and Student Expenses

Couples or lone parents who work 16 hours or more per week or who are on Statutory Sick, Maternity, Paternity or Adoption Pay or a similar benefit (up to 28 weeks) can have charges for registered or approved childcare deducted from their income.
(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.

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11. Tax and Pension Credits

Based on the information you have already supplied we will estimate your tax and pension credit entitlement.
The estimate will be based on the information you have provided and will not necessarily reflect tax and pension credits you currently receive.
This means that we need to know some extra details:

12. Adults Living with you (other than your partner)

"Non-dependants" are assumed to be contributing to the household income so your benefit entitlement may be reduced for each one.
Please enter the number of non-dependants in each of these Income Categories
If you (or your partner) is disabled due to
blindness, or in receipt of the Disability Living Allowance care component or Attendance Allowance has been awarded please skip this step and go to 'Calculate'











That is all you need to do!     Click        and let the program work it out    

(automatically calculated)

Tax / Pension Credits p/w

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 HB to find the award. For Council Tax Benefit, 20% of the "excess income" taper is deducted from the maximum award. NB Non-dependant deductions are also taken off at this stage.

Weekly Housing Benefit Award    

   Weekly "Main" Council Tax Benefit       

Alternative Council Tax Benefit (alo called Second Adult Rebate) is based on the income of non-dependants.
The program calculates if you are better off with a benefit award based on your circumstances or those of your non-dependants.

  Second adult rebate (weekly)       

Finally you can:

  • Use the browser Print button to print a copy of this calculation; or
  • Scroll back up the page to edit or change the figures; or
  • Press to start again.

  Valid April 2008 through March 2009 - Copyright