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Benefits are often worked out using an applicable amount. This is the amount of money that the government has calculated you need to live on each week. People in different situations will have different applicable amounts. This is because, when it's working out your applicable amount, the government takes into account factors such as the number of people who live with you and how old you all are, or whether anyone in your household is ill or disabled.