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Applicable amount 2010/11

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Applicable amounts for calculating housing benefit in 2010/11.

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 the Calculation of housing benefit section 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 51.85
Aged under 25 and on main phase employment and support allowance (ESA) 65.45
Aged between 25 and pension age 65.45
Aged over pension age but under 65 132.60
Aged 65 or over 153.15
Lone parent £ per week
Aged under 18 51.85
Aged under 18 and on main phase ESA 65.45
Aged between 18 and pension age 65.45
Couple £ per week
Both aged under 18 78.30
One or both aged between 18 and pension age 102.75
One aged under 18 and on main phase ESA 102.75
One or both aged over pension age but under 65 202.40
One or both aged 65 or over 229.50
Other £ per week
Dependent child or young person aged under 20 57.57

Premiums

Some claimants, but not all, 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 as long as s/he satisfies the qualifying conditions.

Type of premium £ per week
Family premium 17.40
Family premium with child(ren) aged under one 27.90
Disabled child premium (for each child) 52.08
Carer premium 30.05
Disability premium for a single 28.00
Disability premium for a couple 39.85
Enhanced disability premium for a single 13.65
Enhanced disability premium for a couple 19.65
Enhanced disability premium for a child 21.00
Severe disability premium for a single 53.65
Severe disability premium for a couple (one qualifies) 53.65
Severe disability premium for a couple (both qualify) 107.30
For certain claimants in receipt of ESA £ per week
Work related activity component 25.95
Support component 31.40

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