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Applicable amount 2019/20

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Applicable amounts for calculating housing benefit in 2019/20.

The claimant's applicable amount is the figure set by the Department for Work and Pensions to reflect the basic living needs of the claimant and her/his family. The 'applicable amount' is calculated by adding together the relevant 'personal allowances' and 'premiums'.

See Calculation of housing benefit for more information about how to calculate housing benefit.

Personal allowances

Personal allowances are awarded for the claimant as set out below.

Single person £ per week
Aged under 25 57.90
Any age and on main phase employment and support allowance (ESA) 73.10
Aged between 25 and state pension credit age 73.10
Aged over state pension credit age but under 65 167.25
Has reached pension age 181.00
Lone parent £ per week
Aged under 18 57.90
Any age and on main phase ESA 73.10
Aged between 18 and state pension credit age 73.10
Aged over state pension credit age but under 65 167.25
Has reached pension age 181.00
Couple £ per week
Both aged under 18 87.50
One or both aged between 18 and state pension credit age 114.85
Any age and on main phase ESA 114.85
One or both over state pension credit age, but both aged under 65 255.25
One or both have reached pension age 270.60
Other £ per week
Dependent child/young person aged under 20 [1] 66.90

Premiums

Some claimants qualify for one or more additional amounts called premiums. Entitlement to some premiums is triggered by certain qualifying social security benefits. There are no limitations on how many premiums can be awarded to a claimant.

Type of premium £ per week
Family premium [2] 17.45
Family premium (lone parent) [3] 22.20
Disabled child premium (for each child) 64.19
Carer premium 36.85
Disability premium for single claimant 34.35
Disability premium for a couple 48.95
Enhanced disability premium for single claimant 16.80
Enhanced disability premium for a couple 24.10
Enhanced disability premium for a child 26.04
Severe disability premium for single claimant 65.85
Severe disability premium for a couple (one qualifies) 65.85
Severe disability premium for a couple (both qualify) 131.70
For certain claimants in receipt of ESA £ per week
Work related activity component 29.05
Support component 38.55

[1] There is a two-child/young person limit on the number of personal allowances awarded (for dependent children/young persons) unless either of the two exemptions apply: (1) the claimant was receiving a personal allowance for three or more children on 5 April 2017 and has not made a new claim since; (2) three or more children are included in the assessment of the claimant's child tax credit (CTC) claim (nb CTC also has a two-child limit but there are specified exceptions to this rule). See regs 7 and 9 Social Security (Restrictions on Amounts for Children and Qualifying Young Persons) Amendment Regulations 2017 SI 2017/376.

[2] From 1 May 2016, only an existing claimant who already qualified for the family premium is entitled to have this premium included in his/her applicable amount. If such a claimant then ceases to qualify for the family premium s/he cannot qualify for it again at a later date. See reg 2 Housing Benefit (Abolition of the Family Premium and date of claim) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 SI 2015/1857.

[3] Only applies to lone parents who fulfilled certain conditions before 6 April 1998 and if certain changes of circumstances have not occurred after that date. See para 3.3 Sch.3 Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 SI 2006/213.

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