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Notes about wages »
Who's wages count?
Your wages and, if you have a partner, their wages. Wages of a dependent child do not count and do not need to be entered.
Why do you want to know my gross wages?
Housing Benefit and Council Tax benefit use your wages after deduction of Income Tax and National Insurance payments. This calculator automatically takes those off when you enter the gross figure.
It will also deduct some money from your wage if you pay into a company pension or a private pension. (Half your pension contributions).
You don't need to worry about working any of this out for yourself - the calculator will automatically do the work for you. Just enter your gross wages and the whole of your company or private pension contribution.
My wages go up and down - what figure do I enter?
If you are paid WEEKLY your wages are usually averaged out over the most recent FIVE pay packets. If you are paid MONTHLY your wages are averaged out over the most recent TWO pay packets.
You can use the average tool at the bottom of the screen to help with this if you want to work out an average for yourself. Once you have the average you should enter the figure into the Gross Pay box.
I've just lost my job - do you still need my pay details?
If you have just lost your job you do not need to supply information about your wages. Your benefit claim will be worked out on your new circumstances. This could include changes to your Tax Credits, your partners wages and any other benefits you receive.
I've just started work - I don't know what pay I'll get
You will need to supply an estimate of your wages at first. You should try your best to get this as accurate as you can. Often your employer can help with this - or you can get the benefit office to ask for an estimate from your employer for you.


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