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Housing benefit online calculator

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VioletRoller Mon 23-May-16 16:11:50

It must be wrong :S

I'm a single parent of one

It says my "applicable amount" is 684.18 per month.

That seems like a crazy amount? I'm in NI.

MrsSpecter Mon 23-May-16 16:14:04

It depends what the local housing auhtority rate is for your area. I'm in NI too and for a two bed property in my area as a single parent on income support the rate is 93.10 per week.

VioletRoller Mon 23-May-16 16:21:56

Weekly it says 157.45

I wonder why there is so much difference?

Does that actually mean I can start renting something for about 500 odds in my area?? Instead of moving away. It seems too good to be true.

MrsSpecter Mon 23-May-16 16:25:53

Are rents particularly high in your area? How much would a two bed place be?

MrsSpecter Mon 23-May-16 16:26:21

It does sound really high. I would call your local housing office and check if its right.

VioletRoller Mon 23-May-16 16:26:54

Are you using the online benefit calculator?

On the LMA website it says 111.57 per week.

This is confusing me, Im afraid of making a mistake and getting in to debt before I even get on my feet. Ha

MrsSpecter Mon 23-May-16 16:31:06

I used the entitled to calculator. But its the same as what i actually get in my housing benefit so seems accurate.

MrsSpecter Mon 23-May-16 16:31:37

111.57 sounds more realistic.

VioletRoller Mon 23-May-16 16:32:19

I'll have to give them a call when I get credit but I always feel like a scrounger when I ask for advice on stuff like this. Im getting refunded stuff from uni which will cover (hopefully) a deposit. smile Deffo need to find out which amount is true

MrsSpecter Mon 23-May-16 16:33:29

Youre not a scrounger! Loads of people get housing benefit.

Try the entitled to or turn 2 us website. Ive found them both to be accurate for me.

VioletRoller Mon 23-May-16 16:35:43

The rent here is mostly 550-650. I keep checking estate agents for cheaper

VioletRoller Mon 23-May-16 16:36:09

Will give them a look now. Thanks so much x

MrsSpecter Mon 23-May-16 16:39:45

No problem. Hope you get sorted.

Neffi Mon 23-May-16 17:19:30

157.45 pw is 682ish pm (weekly to monthly is x52 then /12)

Your "applicable amount", if you are privately renting, will be the Local Housing Allowance for your area which will be towards the lower end of average rents. The LA website should have the amounts somewhere.

VioletRoller Mon 23-May-16 17:24:58

Turn2us online calculator says 92.44

That's 369 a month. There's nothing around here that's close to that.

I dunno which one is the right one. Aaaaa. Been going google crazy

VioletRoller Mon 23-May-16 17:35:21

Thanks Neffi.

Online housing benefits calculator gibes me 157.45 p/w

One LHA website where you search your post code gives me 111.57

Another one for my city is 92.44

As is the turn2us

If I move really far away Ill be stuck in a flat alone on benefits for years. The thought of it really upsets me

MrsSpecter Mon 23-May-16 18:25:31

Where are you living now violet? With family or a partner?

Neffi Mon 23-May-16 18:27:18

I'd be inclined to go with what your local LA says on the website but a phone call to check will be the only way to know for sure.

for example

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