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Non-dependant deductions

A non-dependant is someone over 18 who normally lives with you on a non commercial basis such as an adult son, daughter, relative or friend.

Who is not treated as a non-dependant?

  • partners
  • boarders
  • sub tenants
  • joint tenants
  • children for whom you still receive child benefit
  • carers who are employed by a charity or voluntary organisation

How does a non-dependant affect my benefit?

We take fixed amounts from your housing benefit and council tax reduction based on the gross weekly income (before deductions for tax and national insurance) of your non-dependants.

We take deductions regardless of whether the non-dependant contributes to your household or not.

What level of deductions will we take?

Housing benefit

From April 2019, we will take the following amount from your housing benefit if your non-dependant is in full time work (over 16 hours a week).

Gross weekly income of non-dependant Deduction from housing benefit 
£451 or more £100.65
£363 to £450.99 £91.70
£272 to £362.99 £80.55
£209 to £271.99 £49.20
£143 to £208.99 £35.85
Below £143 £15.60

Council tax reduction

From April 2019 we take the following amount from your council tax reduction if your non-dependant
is in full time work (over 16 hours a week).

Gross weekly income of non-dependant Deduction from council tax reduction
£447.40 or more £12.20
£360.10 to £447.39 £10.20
£207.70 to £360.09 £8.10
Less than £207.70 £4.00

What happens if my non-dependant works less than 16 hours?

If your non-dependant works less than 16 hours a week, we will take £15.60 a week from your housing benefit and £4.00 a week from your council tax reduction.

If your non-dependant has no income we will still take £15.60 from your housing benefit and £4.00 from your council tax reduction.

When are deductions not taken for non-dependants?

We do not take deductions if you (the claimant) or your partner:

  • are registered blind
  • receive DLA (care component)
  • receive attendance allowance
  • receive the daily living component of personal independence payment

And we will not make a deduction if your non-dependant is:

  • under 18
  • under 25 and receiving income support, job seekers allowance (income based) or employment and support allowance (income related) assessment phase only
  • under 25 and entitled to an award of universal credit where the award is calculated on the basis that the non-dependant does not have any earned income
  • receiving pension credit
  • receiving a youth training allowance
  • a full time student (but we will take deduction if they work in the holidays, and when they are between courses)
  • in prison
  • usually living elsewhere

For council tax reduction we also will not take an amount if your non-dependant is:

  • receiving income support, job seekers allowance (income based) or employment and support allowance (income related), or entitled to Universal Credit where the award is
    calculated on the basis that the person does not have any earned income.

What if I am over 65?

If you or your partner are over 65 and a non dependant moves in with you, we will not make deductions for the first 26 weeks. However you must still tell us that they have moved in.

If you already have a non dependant living with you and their income increases we will not increase the deduction for 26 weeks. The new deductions will be based on the non dependant’s income at the end of the 26 weeks period.

What happens if I do not provide you with my non dependant’s income?

If you do not give us the proof which we ask for, we may take the maximum non-dependant deductions from your benefit.

Page updated on: 5 June 2019

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