New rates for parents and families as an individual housing allowance will rise

Easter weekend is fast approaching, but if you’re a welfare recipient and you’re due on public holiday weekends, your pay days may change slightly (Photo: Shutterstock)

Families claiming Frame benefits will see pay-related personal allowance rise by 3.1% from 6 April 2022.

Housing allowance is given to people who are struggling to pay their rent.

The personal allowance is part of the calculation for how much housing benefit people will get.

How is the amount received from the housing subsidy calculated?

It is usually added along with any additional “surcharges” you may be eligible for, such as a disability or if you are caring for someone with a disability.

Your income, rental situation and any dependents are then taken into account to calculate the “applicable amount”.

If your income is at or below the applicable amount, you may be eligible for the maximum eligible housing allowance.

But it can be difficult to determine how much personal benefit you may qualify for.

You may still receive some housing allowance if your income is higher, but this depends on your individual circumstances.

The maximum housing allowance you normally receive is the “local housing allowance rate”, which varies depending on where you live.

But just because personal benefit rates change doesn’t automatically mean you’ll get more housing benefits.

How do personal allowances change?

Under 25s: Increased from £59.20 to £61.05.

Any age and ESA Main Phase: Up from £74.70 to £77.00.

Age 25 to state pension age: increase from £74.70 to £77.00.

Reached retirement age: increased from £191.15 to £197.10.

Under 18s: Increased from £59.20 to £61.05.

Any age and ESA Main Phase: Up from £74.70 to £77.00.

Age 18 to state pension age: increase from £74.70 to £77.00.

Reached state pension age: increase from £191.15 to £19.

Both under the age of 18: increase from £89.45 to £92.20.

One or both aged 18 to state pension age: increase from £117.40 to £121.05.

Any age and ESA Main Phase: Up from £117.40 to £121.05.

One or both have reached retirement age: an increase from £286.05 to £294.90.

Dependent child/young person under 20: increase from £68.60 to £70.80.

Who is eligible for a housing subsidy?

Housing allowance is available to both private tenants and those who live in a housing association or council housing.

Have a low income or qualify for other benefits

You are at least 16 years old – if you were under guardianship, you must be at least 18 years old.

Have less than £16,000 in savings or receive the guarantee portion of a pension loan.

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