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Applicable amount 2011/12

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Applicable amounts for calculating housing benefit in 2011/12.

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 53.45
Aged under 25 and on main phase employment and support allowance (ESA) 67.50
Aged between 25 and pension age 67.50
Aged over pension age but under 65 137.35
Aged 65 or over 157.90
Lone parent £ per week
Aged under 18 53.45
Aged under 18 and on main phase ESA 67.50
Aged between 18 and pension age 67.50
Couple £ per week
Both aged under 18 80.75
One or both aged between 18 and pension age 105.95
One aged under 18 and on main phase ESA 105.95
One or both aged over pension age but under 65 209.70
One or both aged 65 or over 236.80
Other £ per week
Dependent child/young person aged under 20 62.33

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(i)
Family premium (lone parent) 22.20(ii)
Disabled child premium (for each child) 53.62
Carer premium 31.00
Disability premium for single claimant 28.85
Disability premium for a couple 41.10
Enhanced disability premium for single claimant 14.05
Enhanced disability premium for a couple 20.25
Enhanced disability premium for a child 21.63
Severe disability premium for single claimant 55.30
Severe disability premium for a couple (one qualifies) 55.30
Severe disability premium for a couple (both qualify) 110.60
For certain claimants in receipt of ESA £ per week
Work related activity component 26.75
Support component 32.35

(i) Only applies to claimants who are also still in receipt of the baby element in their Child Tax Credit (CTC) claim (see HB/CTB Circular A26/2010 (Revised)).
(ii) Only applies to lone parents who fulfilled certain conditions before 6 April 1998 (see para 3.3 Sch.3 Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 SI 2006/213).

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