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Calculating your benefit

When we work out your benefit we take into account the following details -

  • how much money you and your partner have coming in each week
  • how much you and your partner have in savings and investments
  • who lives in your household and their circumstances
  • how much council tax you have to pay

Gain an idea of how much benefit you might get by using the benefits calculator below -

The income we use to work out your benefit

If you or your partner are working we count your pay but we take off any income tax and national insurance. We also take off half of any money you pay into a pension scheme.

We do not take into account certain benefits such as disability living allowance - however you must tell us about all the income you receive.

We also need to be told about all your savings and investments. We do not count the first £6000 of your savings and investments.

If you get income support, jobseekers allowance (income based) or employment support allowance, we do not count the amount of income you get.

Applicable amounts

Benefit is calculated comparing income to applicable amounts.

An applicable amount is the amount the government says you need to live on each week. Your applicable amount is made up of three parts -

  • an amount for you and your partner, if you have one
  • an amount for any dependent children in your family
  • an amount called a premium to help with special needs, for example, if you have children, or if someone in your family is elderly or disabled

These amounts are set by the government and normally change every year. 

Contact us

Hull City Council Revenues and Benefits Service
PO Box 15

Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349

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