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Applicable amount 2014/15

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Applicable amounts for calculating housing benefit in 2014/15.

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 57.35
Aged under 25 and on main phase employment and support allowance (ESA) 72.40
Aged between 25 and pension age 72.40
Aged over pension age but under 65 148.35
Aged 65 or over 165.15
Lone parent £ per week
Aged under 18 57.35
Aged under 18 and on main phase ESA 72.40
Aged between 18 and pension age 72.40
Couple £ per week
Both aged under 18 86.65
One or both aged between 18 and pension age 113.70
Any age (entitled to main phase ESA) 113.70
One or both aged 60 or over, but both aged under 65 226.50
One or both aged 65 or over 247.20
Other £ per week
Dependent child/young person aged under 20 66.33


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 17.45
Family premium (lone parent) 22.20(i)
Disabled child premium (for each child) 59.50
Carer premium 34.20
Disability premium for single claimant 31.85
Disability premium for a couple 45.40
Enhanced disability premium for single claimant 15.55
Enhanced disability premium for a couple 22.35
Enhanced disability premium for a child 24.08
Severe disability premium for single claimant 61.10
Severe disability premium for a couple (one qualifies) 61.10
Severe disability premium for a couple (both qualify) 122.20
For certain claimants in receipt of ESA £ per week
Work related activity component 28.75
Support component 35.75

(i) 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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