The CONSOLIDATED STANDARD EXPENSE is a money amount representing a fair and equitable figure for all expenses for an average person or family to live in a manner compatible with decency and health. It is used as the basis for several income tests to determine a family’s eligibility for assistance. The standard expense is allowed according to the number of persons in the household. The type of living arrangements (i.e. room and board, two assistance groups in the same household, rent versus home ownership, etc.) have no bearing on the standard expense allowed.
Once compiled, this figure becomes an unidentifiable expense figure allowed. No breakdown exists in the amount included for each item. Do not allow other expenses (other than those related to the cost of producing income).