Local housing allowance rates

If you're a private tenant, the maximum amount of Housing Benefit you can claim may be restricted by the local housing allowance rate that applies to your household. You can work out your household rate by using the calculator below:

Calculate your room entitlement

You are allowed one bedroom for:

  • every adult couple
  • every adult aged 16 or over
  • any two children of the same sex under the age of 16
  • any two children under the age of 10
  • any other child

An extra bedroom is allowed if you:

  • have a foster child or children
  • have a severely disabled child who needs their own room
  • require overnight care from a non-resident carer
  • have a child who is in the armed forces and intends to return home

There is a shared room rate which applies to under 35s and may also apply to certain tenants over the age of 35 where they don't have exclusive use of the accommodation and the use of other facilities in the property. Your room entitlement may also be affected if you're a care leaver aged under 22, in receipt of severe disability premium or a former hostel dweller aged between 25 and 34.

Once you know your room entitlement you then need to check the broad rental market area rates. A broad rental market area is an area which contains a wide mix of property types within a reasonable distance of various public amenities such as health, education, personal banking and shopping.

The current rates for Plymouth are:

Room requirement Weekly Calendar monthly
Shared £71.21 £308.58
1 bedroom £94.16 £408.03
2 bedroom £122.36 £530.23
3 bedroom £145.43 £630.20
4 bedroom £182.45 £790.62

How to appeal

If you disagree with a decision you need to write to us at Revenues and Benefits, Plymouth City Council, PO Box 293, Plymouth, PL5 9BZ within one month of the date of the decision letter and ask either for a letter explaining our decision, us to look at our decision again or for an independent appeals tribunal to look at the decision.