How your benefit is assessed

The amount of benefit you may receive depends on four basic things:

  • The amount of money coming into your household
  • The amount of any savings you (and your partner) have
  • Your personal circumstances (such as your children who live with you, if you are disabled or if anyone else lives with you)
  • The amount of rent you are charged

Benefit is assessed using rules agreed by parliament. The benefit awarded to you is intended to help with the cost of your rent, not living costs such as food and heating. The maximum rent that can be awarded is 100% of your eligible rent. This may not equal the rent you are being charged by your landlord.

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