Melton Borough Council

Find out what essential and non essential expenditure is

Essential expenditure

What are the essential expenses?

If you are claiming for help from the discretionary discount fund or the discretionary housing payment fund due to being in severe financial hardship, you will need to let us know what your income and expenses are to enable us to make a decision. Some expenses are classed as essential expenses and we will allow for these.

Examples of allowable essential expenses are:


  • Public transport (for work, school, shopping etc)
  • Car insurance, MOT and car maintenance
  • Vehicle tax
  • Fuel (petrol, diesel, oil etc)
Please be aware that each case is individual and the need for a car will be considered.


  • Food and milk
  • Cleaning and toiletries
  • Laundry
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Nappies and baby items

Other expenditure:

  •  Health on the NHS only (dentist, glasses, prescriptions, health insurance) Passported benefits such as Income Support and Jobseekers Allowance get some of the above services free.
  • Essential house repairs only for those who are an owner occupier (they own or have a mortgage on their property). If they rent these will be the responsibility of the landlord.
  • School meals