What is an applicable amount?
Everyone has a maximum amount of weekly income they can receive, before their income starts to affect their Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support. This figure is called applicable amount. An applicable amount is a standard national figure which is set by the government and reflects the amount of money you and/or your partner/family needs to live on.
The applicable amount has three main parts; these are:
- an amount for you and your partner – your personal allowance
- an amount for any dependent children – your children's personal allowance
- a premium - an element which you may qualify for to cover any special needs you have
For details of the amounts please see Government parameters.
Once your personal allowance and allowances for any children have been worked out, if you meet the qualifying conditions premiums can be added to make up your applicable amount. You will only receive an allowance for up to 2 children. Any additional children can only be included if you are in receipt of child tax credit for them.
Once your income goes over your applicable amount then for every extra pound you have you lose £0.65p from your housing benefit and £0.20p from your council tax support.
We will not work out your applicable amount if you receive any of the following:
- Universal Credit
- Income support
- Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
- Employment Support (income related)
- Guaranteed Pension Credit
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Housing benefit and council tax support
Housing benefit section
London Borough of Croydon
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon, CR0 1EA