Fill in the online Directgov benefits adviser form to see an estimate of your benefits entitlement.
If any of the following apply to you:
- You're on a low income (employed or looking for work)
- You have dependent children
- You're ill or disabled
- You're caring for someone
- You're aged 60 or over
- You have been bereaved
- You're pregnant or have recently had a baby
From April 2013 you are not be able to use the calculator on Directgov to estimate any reduction to your Council Tax through Council Tax Support. Please refer to the guidance on Council Tax Support.
You can check whether you may qualify to receive financial or other support by using the Directgov benefits adviser (opens in a new window) .
What information would it help to have to complete the calculation?
For Housing Benefit calculations you should have the maximum eligible rent which is either your net rent after support costs and ineligible rents if you are a housing association tenant, or your local housing allowance rate applicable to your circumstances and your address.
In all circumstances it would help if you had your last two monthly pay slips (or five weekly pay slips), any pension details, and details of any other pension or income available.
Will the amount calculated be the amount that I receive?
You should always assume that the calculated amount is an estimate, and no decisions should be made on the amounts estimated without consulting your local council for confirmation. For example the calculator will calculate a new tax credits amount which may be different to the actual amount that you receive, and consequently affect your entitlement to either Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support.