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Housing Benefit - Non-dependants

Who is a non-dependant and how will they affect your claim

Who is a non-dependant?

A non-dependant is usually someone over the age of 18 living with you. They are expected to contribute to housing and Council Tax costs, so we will take a deduction for them living in your home.

Who we will take a deduction for

Non-dependants who we may take deductions for are:

  • children who’ve left education and you no longer receive Child Benefit for
  • family members
  • friends

Who we won’t take a deduction for

We do not take a deduction if the non-dependant is:

  • aged under 18
  • on Pension Credit
  • a Youth Trainee
  • in prison or detention
  • a patient in hospital for more than 52 weeks
  • a temporary resident whose normal home is elsewhere
  • a member of the armed forces away on operations
  • a full time student during their period of study
  • a full time student during their vacation if not in paid work
  • a full time student and you or your partner are aged 65 or over
  • aged under 25 and receives:
    • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Income related Employment Support Allowance (assessment phase)
    • Universal Credit (without any earned income)

We do not take a deduction for any non-dependant if you or your partner:

  • are severely sight impaired or have recently regained sight
  • receive the care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • receive Attendance Allowance
  • receive the daily living component of Personal Independence Payments

How much deduction will we take?

The amount of weekly deduction will depend on how much income the non-dependant has. The more income they have the more we will deduct from your Housing Benefit. You will receive a notification letter with our decision. Our letter will tell you the deduction figure we are taking.

The weekly deduction for a non-dependant in work
Gross weekly income (£) Weekly deduction (£)
More than £439.00 £98.30
Between £354.00 and £438.99 £89.55
Between £265.00 and £353.99 £78.65
Between £204.00 and £264.99 £48.05
Between £139.00 and £203.99 £35.00
Under £139.00 £15.25

 

The weekly deduction for a non-dependant not in work
Age and benefit claimed Weekly deduction (£)
Under 18 and not working no deduction
18 or over and not on Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (IB) or Employment Support Allowance £15.25
Under 25 on Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (IB) or Employment Support Allowance Assessment Phase no deduction
Under 25 on Employment Support Allowance Main Phase £15.25
25 or over on Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (IB) or Employment Support Allowance Income Related £15.25