Manchester City Council

Benefits & support How savings, investments and property affect your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

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.

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