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How Housing Benefit is calculated

To calculate what your Housing Benefit payment will be, we compare your finances (income and capital) to how much the government says that you and your family need to live on (this is called the applicable amount) each week.

We’ll use the following information:

  • the money you and your partner have coming in, including: 
    • earnings
    • some benefits
    • tax credits
    • pensions.
  • your savings (and your partner's savings), including: 
    • money you have in your bank accounts or building society accounts
    • assets (such as property or land)
    • stocks, shares and premium bonds.
  • your circumstances, such as: 
    • your age
    • the number of people in your household and their ages
    • if you or any of your family are disabled
    • if anyone who lives with you could help with the rent.


A non-dependant is someone aged 18 or over who lives with you but is not a tenant or a lodger. An example of a non-dependant is a grown-up son or daughter who lives at home.
In most cases we will make a deduction from your Housing Benefit because we expect that your non dependant will help towards housing costs, whether they do or not. The amount we take will be decided based on their gross income.
Read more information in the 2021-22 non-dependant deductions leaflet. For the coming year, please refer to the 2022-23 non-dependant deductions leaflet. The information in this leaflet applies to all BCP residents, though Bournemouth residents should use phone number 01202 123 330.
Please contact us for any help you need with Housing Benefit.