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Age and Disability Status
Out of Work Benefits
Council Tax and Housing Costs
To work out your entitlement we need to know
whether you are single or in a couple
, how many children under 20 you have (if in doubt see
when to include children
whether anyone else lives in your home (such as a relative or a lodger)
If you are a full-time student, aged under 18, in hospital/residential care, a prisoner or on strike, living abroad or not a British or Irish citizen our estimate may not be correct. If you fall into one of these categories please see
groups not included in the calculator
Please note: the calculator's estimates are based on the information you supply to give you an idea of your potential entitlements. For organisations that can provide individual assistance see
more advice on benefits
Benefit and tax credit rates change every April. Please select which rates you would like us to use. More information is also available on the
date rate changes take effect
If you are returning to a calculation you started earlier please retrieve your
Are you single or in a couple?
To work out your entitlement accurately we will need to ask questions about both you and your partner.
Number of dependent children, including any expected?
Does anyone else live in your home? Do not include your partner or dependent children but do include grown-up children
What is your housing status?
council or housing association tenant
tenant - private sector
mortgage or owned outright
living rent-free with family/friends
boarder or lodger
no fixed abode
no housing costs
Are you or your partner a British or Irish citizen?
If you are not a British or Irish national you may not be entitled to benefits in the UK, but please see our advice pages on
benefits if you are not a British or Irish national
. If you read these advice pages and decide that you are fully entitled to benefits, e.g. because you are an EEA 'worker' or you have a 'permanent right to reside', then proceed through the calculator as if you were a British or Irish national.
Are you in hospital/residential care, a prisoner, on strike, living abroad or a full-time student?
Work out my entitlements for year:
(or select your local council)
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