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Non Dependants

Non-dependants are adults who normally share your accommodation with you but are not dependent on you for financial support.

If you have someone living with you, who is not your partner or a dependant child we may make a deduction from your Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support (pension age only) based on their circumstances or income. You may hear us refer to this as a “non-dependant deduction”.

Examples of non-dependants could be:

  • Grown up children who still live with you
  • Other adult relatives who live with you
  • Adult friends who live with you

There is no non-dependant deduction if you or your partner:

  • is blind or have recently regained sight.
  • receive the care component of Disability Living Allowance.
  • receive Attendance Allowance.

There is currently no non-dependant deduction if the person living with you:

  • is under 18 years old.
  • is under 25 years old and is getting Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • is under 25 years old and is still awaiting the assessment of their income-related Employment and Support Allowance entitlement (usually the first 13 weeks).
  • is in receipt of Pension Credit.
  • is a student or a youth trainee.

Non-dependant deductions from Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support (LCTS)

Housing Benefit - The law says that we must deduct a set amount off your Housing Benefit for each non-dependant who lives with you. There are different amounts deducted depending on the income of the non-dependant. See below for the deductions relating to Housing Benefit.

Non Dependent Deductions
Non Dependent Deductions From April 2017/18  
Aged under 25 and on Income Support or JSA(IB) or ESA(IR) which does not include an amount for the support component or work related activity component. Nil
Aged 25 or over and on IS/JSA(IB), or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work £14.80
In receipt of main phase ESA (IR) £14.80
In receipt of Pension Credit Nil
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work  
- gross income less than £136.00 £14.80
- gross income not less than £136.00 but less than £199.99 £34.00
- gross income not less than £200.00 but less than £258.99 £46.65
- gross income not less than £259.00 but less than £345.99 £76.35
- gross income not less than £346.00 but less than £429.99 £86.95
- gross income not less than £430.00 £95.45
   

 

Local Council Tax Support - There are no non dependant deductions for any working age claimants claiming Local Council Tax Support. The deduction rates will only apply for Pensioners claiming Local Council Tax Support. The deductions are listed below;

Local Council Tax Support - Non Dependent Deductions
Non Dependent Deductions from April 2017/18  
Income Support or Job Seekers (income based) or ESA or Pension Credit Nil
Aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work or claiming any other benefit £3.80

Aged over 18 receiving Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, or Sick Leave

£3.80
Aged 18 & over in remunerative work:  
- gross income less than £196.95 £3.80
- gross income between £196.96 but less than £341.39 £7.65
- gross income between £341.40 but less than £424.19 £9.65
- gross income over £424.20 £11.55