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What are housing benefit and council tax benefit applicable amounts?

This is a weekly figure set by the government and represents the basic living needs of the claimant and family.

An applicable amount is made up of:

  • A claimant's personal allowance, personal allowances for a partner and/or dependant children.
  • Premiums - for example, a family premium or disability premium.

The following tables show the current amounts:

Personal Allowances  Age From April 2014 From April 2015
Single claimants  under 25 £57.35 £57.90
25 and over £72.40 £73.10
Lone Parent 18 or over £72.40 £73.10
Couples 18 or over £113.70 £114.85
both under 18 £86.65 £87.50

 

Child or young person additions   From April 2014 From April 2015
Aged under 16 (from the first Monday in the September following the 11th birthday to the first Monday in the September following the 16th birthday) £66.33 £66.90
Aged 16 and over (from the first Monday in the September following the 16th birthday) £66.33 £66.90

The above additions only apply as long as child benefit is payable and the child or young person does not have capital in excess of £3,000.

Additions to the applicable amount may relate to age, number of children or whether someone in your family is disabled. Your benefit notification letter will itemise your applicable amount as part of the calculation of benefit. If the Government change the rules or amounts we will automatically change your benefit, but if something changes in your household you must tell us (eg a new baby is born, a child who normally lived with you goes to live somewhere else, or someone becomes registered as disabled)


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