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Applicable Amount 

Your applicable amount is the amount of money you and your family need to have a basic standard of living. 

It is made up of different amounts according to your own circumstances (please see the table below).

If you receive more than this figure in earnings or benefits etc. then the amount of Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction you can have will be reduced.

If you receive Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (Income Basedyou will normally qualify for full benefit on your * eligible rent and eligible council tax subject to any non-dependant deductions.

 * Eligible Rent – is determined by using local housing allowance rates for most private sector tenants. For social sector tenants who are of working age, the eligible rent depends on whether you are deemed to have any spare rooms in your home.

If you do not receive Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance, your applicable amount will be made up of the Personal Allowances and Premiums shown in the table below which combine according to your personal circumstances.

Personal Allowances and premiums for people of working age (i.e. have not reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit)

Personal Allowances  

                        

Weekly Amounts    2014/15

Single claimant

aged 16 to 24

£57.35

 

aged 25 or over

£72.40

any age - entitled to main phase rate ESA £72.40

Lone parent

aged under 18 (HB only)

£57.35

 

aged 18 or over

£72.40

Couple

both under 18 (HB only)

£86.65

 

at least one aged over 18

£113.70

any age - entitled to main phase rate ESA £113.70

Polygamous marriages

Claimant and other party to the marriage (both under 60)

£113.70

for each additional spouse

£41.30

Child or young person up to the age of 20 

£66.33

 

 

Premiums

 

 

Family Premium £17.45
Disability Premium
Single £31.85
Couple £45.40
Enhanced Disability Premium
Single rate £15.55
Disabled child rate £24.08
Couple rate £22.35
Severe Disability Premium
Single £61.10
Couple - one qualifies £61.10
Couple - both qualify £122.20
Disabled Child Premium £59.50
Carer Premium £34.20


Personal Allowances for people who have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit

Personal Allowance Weekly Amounts
Single claimant and lone parents  aged under 65  £148.35
aged 65 or over £165.15
Couple at least one aged between 60 and 64 £226.50
at least one aged 65 or over £247.20
Polygamous marriages Claimant and other party to the marriage (between 60 and 64)  £226.50
  for each additional spouse  £78.15
  Claimant and other party to the marriage (at least one aged 65 or over)  £247.20
  for each additional spouse  £82.05
Dependent children from birth to day before 20th birthday £66.33

Premiums 

                         

Weekly Amounts 2014/15      

Family premiums

 

£17.45 (£17.40 CTR only)

Severe disability premium

single

£61.10

 

couple - one qualifies

£61.10

 

couple - both qualify

£122.20

Carer premium

 

£34.20

Enhanced disability premium

disabled child rate

£24.08

Disabled Child Premium £59.50

Special rules apply for people who are in hospital for 52 weeks or more.  Please contact the Benefits Section for advice.