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What counts as income for benefits

Entitlement to benefits takes into account your (and your partner’s) weekly net income. Your ‘net income’ is the amount you get after any tax has been paid.

For some kinds of income special rules apply. To work out your income taking into account these rules we need to know if you have any income from charity or voluntary sources, from tenants who pay rent to you and whether you pay money to a student (where you can offset some of your income). We may also ask about income you get in the form of maintenance for you or for your children.

You should not include interest on savings as part of your income. However, you may need to declare the amount of savings you have. If so we will ask more about your savings later in the calculator.

You should include under 'income from sources not already mentioned' any money you get that is not listed above.

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