Capital we don't count when we work how much you can get
- Money which is part of your regular income
- The value of your home where you usually live
- The surrender value of a life insurance policy
- Backdated benefit paid to you by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in the last year or so. We may count it as income.
- Any payment from the DWP Social Fund (for example a funeral grant)
- The assets of a business in which you are self-employed or were self employed until recently.
- Personal belongings such as a car (unless you bought it to get benefit or more benefit)
- Money in trust paid as compensation for personal injury
- The value of any property that a partner or relative of any member of the family lives in, if the person living there is 60 or over or is disabled
- Capital belonging to a child
- Money from the Macfarlane Trust or the Independent Living Funds for severely disabled people (you don't need to tell us about these)
- Money from the Skipton Fund (you don't need to tell us about this)
- Money from the Caxton Foundation (you don't need to tell us about this)
- Christmas bonuses for pensioners
- Any payment of £10,000 if you or your partner were imprisoned by the Japanese during the Second World War, even if your partner received the payment but has since died
- Any payment (apart from a war pension) made to compensate for the fact that, during the Second World War, you, your partner or any partner of yours who has since died, was a slave labourer or a forced labourer, had suffered property loss or personal injury, or was a parent of a child who had died
This is not a full list, there are other less common examples as well.
To claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support or find out what you are entitled to use our online form.