Please note that there are new benefits rates effective from April 2014 which will need to be used in order to calculate adequate maintenance levels.
Following the Upper Tribunal case of Ahmed [benefits; proof of receipt; evidence] Bangladesh  UKUT 84 [IAC]
and the Immigration directorate instructions Annex F Chapter 8 Family Members - Maintenance And Accommodation (click)
(include a copy) at page 4, paragraph 5.2, staff considering an application for entry clearance, leave to remain, further leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain must demonstrate calculations detailing the actual financial position of the applicant/sponsor in all cases that fall for refusal using the following formula:
A – B ≥ C
A minus B is greater than or equal to C.
A is the projected NET income (after deduction of income tax and national insurance contributions);
B is what needs to be spent on accommodation (rent/mortgage and council tax); and
C is the amount of Income Support an equivalent British family of that size can receive.
For the purpose of income, benefit income can be used as income as per Immigration directorate instructions Annex F Chapter 8 Family Members - Maintenance And Accommodation, paragraph 5.2(a)
. No benefit income is said to be excluded in the Immigration directorate instructions
Key rates 2014/15 should be:
Income support rate for a:
couple £113.70 per week/£492.70 per calendar month
single person over 25: £72.40 per week/£313.73 per calendar month
each dependent child: £66.33 per week/£287.43 per calendar month
income support family premium: £17.45 per week/£75.62 per calendar month.
e.g. using these calculations a couple with two children would need to show:
£113.70 for couple
£17.45 family premium
£66.33 x 2, for each dependant child
=£263.81 per week left over after deducting rent/mortgage and council tax.
A couple with no children would need to show £113.70 per week remaining after rent/mortgage and council tax is deducted.
Benefit Rates 2014
Benefit and pension rates: April 2016