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About You

Welcome to the first step of your benefits calculation. To work out your entitlement to benefits we need to know the following details about you and your partner if you have one.

By the end of this section you will know which means-tested benefits you may be entitled to and how many steps the full benefit calculation will have.

Our benefit calculation will be based on the information you give us so be as accurate as possible and answer every question so that we can give the best estimate of your entitlement.

If you do not have all the information you need to hand you can save your calculation and come back later.

Please answer all questions.

Confirmation of Citizenship

Are all the members of your household British or Irish citizens?

If you have citizenship in a different country, but have come to the UK to live, you may still be entitled to benefits but this depends on your immigration status which tells us what you can do while in the UK.

In some cases, if you are not a UK citizen, making a benefit claim could affect your right to remain in the UK.

If any member of your household is not a British Citizen please answer 'no' to this question.

Your household includes your partner, if you have one, and any dependent children you are responsible for who live with you.

If you are not sure if you or a family member is a British Citizen read the UK Border Agency information about British Citizenship (opens in a new window) or you could find an adviser to speak to (opens in a new window).

You are an EEA National if you are a citizen of one of the European Economic Area Countries (opens in a new window)

If you are not a citizen of an EEA country you have to apply for a visa to live in the UK. You may have been given Limited Leave to Remain or Enter, or Indefinite Leave to Remain or Enter, your documents from the Home Office will tell you which status you have

You are an Asylum Seeker if you have left the country you are a citizen of because of a fear of persecution, you have applied to the UK government for protection and are waiting for the decision.

If you applied for asylum and the application was successful you will be given refugee status.

If your immigration status is not listed here or your household is made up of more than one immigration status you should find an adviser to speak to (opens in a new window)

Your Details

What is your date of birth?

Your date of birth affects entitlement to some benefits and tax credits

You must be at least 16 years old to have your own benefit claim.

If you are 16 or 17 years old special rules apply so you should find an adviser to speak to (opens in a new window) about your benefit entitlement.

Are you male or female?

We need to know if you are male or female to work out your State Pension age(opens in a new window).

Do you have an illness or disability?

If you have a disability you may qualify for a disability benefit or you may get extra in your benefits because of the extra costs a disability can bring

If you have any day-to-day care or mobility needs, or your illness or disability affects your ability to work, answer 'yes' to this question.

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Relationship

Do you live with a partner?

We need to know if you are living with a partner as you may need to be treated as a couple when working out your benefit entitlement.

Answer 'yes' to this question if you:

  • are married or registered as civil partners and living together as husband and wife or civil partners
  • are not married or registered as civil partners but are living together as if you were
  • usually fit one of the options above but your partner is not living with you on a temporary basis, for example they are in hospital

if you are unsure whether your partner should be included in your benefit calculation you should find an adviser to speak to. (opens in a new window)

It has been proposed that married couples and civil partners will be able to share their personal allowances (the amount they can earn without paying tax). This means that if one member of a couple is working and the other isn't, the one who is working can benefit from the other's tax free allowance as well as their own.

Further details are expected in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement. New tax rules may not be introduced before 2015.

What is your partner’s date of birth?

Your partner's date of birth affects entitlement to some benefits and tax credits

Your partner must be at least 16 years old to have a joint benefit claim with you.

If they are aged 16 or 17 special rules may apply so you should find an adviser to speak to. (opens in a new window)

Is your partner male or female?

We need to know if your partner is male or female to work out their State Pension age(opens in a new window)

Does your partner have an illness or disability?

If your partner has a disability they may qualify for a disability benefit or they may get extra in their benefits because of the extra costs a disability can bring

If your partner has any day-to-day care or mobility needs, or their illness or disability affects their ability to work, answer 'yes' to this question.

Children

A dependant child is a child that you are responsible for (they usually live with you all or most of the time and you get Child Benefit for them).

If your child is away from home temporarily, for example in hospital or on holiday, you should still include them

Do not include any child that receives a benefit in their own name, such as Income Support or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance.

You should also not include any child that the local authority is paying you an allowance to look after, for example, a fostering allowance

If your child is in care or you are not sure whether to include them you should find an adviser to speak to. (opens in a new window)

Are you or your partner expecting a baby or in the process of adopting a child?

Entitlement to some benefits and tax credits may be affected by the birth or adoption of a child

If you are expecting a child or in the process of adopting we will ask for your due date or placement date next.

What is the due date or expected placement date?

If your expected due date, or placement date is within this financial year (before 6 April 2014), entitlement to some benefits and tax credits may be affected.

If your expected due date, or placement date, is in the next financial year it will not affect this benefit calculation, however, you should re-check your entitlement after 6 April 2014.

Are you or your partner an approved foster carer?

If you are an approved foster carer (formal kinship carer in Scotland) you may be allowed an extra bedroom when working out your Housing Benefit as long as your home has the extra room needed. This applies whether or not a child is placed with you or you are between placements, so long as you have fostered a child, or become an approved foster carer, in the last 12 months.

For information, please contact your local authority.

Housing

We need to know which of the following is your housing status:.

  • private tenant - you have a formal agreement to pay rent to a private landlord for the property you live in and the landlord lives somewhere else
  • social tenant - you have a formal agreement to pay rent to a social landlord, for example a local authority or housing association, for the property you live in
  • owner mortgaged - you have an outstanding mortgage on the property you live in
  • owner no mortgage - you own the property you live in with no outstanding mortgage
  • homeless - you have no fixed address
  • living with parents - you live in your parent's property with your parents
  • other informal arrangement - you have an informal arrangement, which may or may not include paying a contribution towards housing costs, for the property you are living/staying in
Are you a care leaver?

If you are aged over 18 and under 22 living in private rented accommodation, you may qualify for one bedroom in a self-contained property. If you think you qualify, you should click ‘yes’.

You may not get housing benefit if you are:

  • A care leaver under 18 where social services are responsible for accommodating;
  • Are in a care home
  • A ‘person from abroad’ or ‘subject to immigration control’.

For further information please contact your local authority.

Are you currently living in a shared accommodation?

Shared accommodation usually means accommodation where you have sole use of one bedroom and share one or more of a kitchen, bathroom, toilet, living room or dining room.

If you are under 35 and single with no children living with you, your Housing Benefit will be based on you needing one bedroom in shared accommodation.

This rule does not apply if:

  • you qualify for a severe disability premium; or
  • you are a care leaver aged over 18 and under 22; or
  • you are aged 25 or over and have been in a hostel for the homeless for three months and received support to resettle in the community; or
  • you are a recent offender deemed to be a risk to the public

For further information, please contact your local authority.

If you fit any of the above rules, you may qualify for one bedroom in a self-contained property.

If you are a couple living in shared accommodation your Housing Benefit will be based on one bedroom in shared accommodation.

If you are over 35 living in shared accommodation your Housing Benefit will be based on one bedroom in shared accommodation.

Please select the option that is relevant for your foster carer status.

For some benefits, your entitlement and the amount you may get depends on where you live.

If you do not know your postcode you can choose your local authority manually below.

The benefits available to you may vary depending on the country you live in.

Please select your country from the drop down list

For some benefits, your entitlement and the amount you may get depends on where you live.

Please choose your local authority from the drop down list.

Your local authority is who you pay your Council Tax to so you will find this on a Council Tax Bill.

Employment

We need to know your employment status; you can select more than one option if more than one applies to you.

  • Employed - working in return for payment.
  • On maternity, paternity or adoption leave - on leave from work due to the birth or adoption of a child
  • On sick leave - on leave from work due to sickness
  • Self employed - working for yourself in expectation of payment
  • Foster/kinship carer - looking after a child in return for payment, usually from a local authority or voluntary organisation
  • Childminder - looking after children in your own home
  • Unemployed - Caring responsibilities - looking after a child you are responsible for or a person who is sick or disabled
  • Looking for work - Available for and actively seeking work
  • Unable to work due to illness or disability - whether this be temporary or permanently

Turn2us has a Grants Search tool to search over 3000 different grants. These funds are often set up to help people who work or have worked in certain occupations. If you tell us your occupation we can search for matching grants for you. We will link to this from your results page.

If you have more than one job please add together the number of hours you work at each job and give us the total.

If you don't work a fixed number of hours each week please see our information sheet that explainshow to calculate your hours of work (opens in a new window)'

If you are on Maternity, Adoption, Paternity or Sick leave and enter the number of hours you worked prior to your leave we can check entitlement to Working Tax Credit. If you enter zero hours we can check your entitlement to out-of-work benefits such as Income Support or income-based Employment and Support Allowance.

Please do not include any hours you spend doing permitted work while claiming Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance or Income Support on the grounds of disability.

We need to know your partner's employment status; you can select more than one option if more than one applies.

  • Employed - working in return for payment.
  • On maternity, paternity or adoption leave - on leave from work due to the birth or adoption of a child
  • On sick leave - on leave from work due to sickness
  • Self employed - working for yourself in expectation of payment
  • Foster/kinship carer - looking after a child in return for payment, usually from a local authority or voluntary organisation
  • Childminder - looking after children in your own home
  • Unemployed - Caring responsibilities - looking after a child you are responsible for or a person who is sick or disabled
  • Looking for work - Available for and actively seeking work
  • Unable to work due to illness or disability - whether this be temporary or indefinitely

If your partner has more than one job please add together the number of hours they work at each job and give us the total.

If your partner doesn't work a fixed number of hours each week please see our information sheet that explainshow to calculate your hours of work (opens in a new window)'

If your partner is on Maternity, Adoption, Paternity or Sick leave and you enter the number of hours they worked prior to their leave we can check entitlement to Working Tax Credit. If you enter zero hours we can check entitlement to out-of-work benefits such as Income Support or income-based Employment and Support Allowance.

Please do not include any hours your partner spends doing permitted work while claiming Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance or Income Support on the grounds of disability.

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