Fake GOV.UK Emails and Phone Calls

Please be aware we have received reports of fake emails and phone calls pretending to be from GOV.UK being sent to customers in the Braintree District. Please read our news story for more information.

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Local Housing Allowance

Local Housing Allowance

Benefit Calculator

Please Note: We are currently updating our Benefits Calculator therefore the following links are to GOV UK website


Calculator for joint Housing Benefit/ Council Tax support

Calculator for Council Tax support only

Use an independent benefits calculator to find out:

  • what benefits you could get
  • how to claim
  • how your benefits will be affected if you start work

These are free to use.

Use the following:

For information on income-related benefits, tax credits, contribution-based benefits, Council Tax Reduction, Career’s Allowance, Universal Credit and how your benefits will be affected if you start work

What you’ll need

You’ll need accurate information about your:

  • savings 

  • income, including your partner’s (eg from payslips)
  • existing benefits and pensions (including anyone living with you) 

  • outgoings (eg rent, mortgage, childcare payments) 

  • council tax bill

Who can’t use them?

You can’t use the calculators if you’re under 18, and they won’t give accurate results if you’re: