Non-dependant charges

Someone over 18 who lives with you may affect how much housing benefit and council tax support you get. This is because they’re expected to pay towards your housing costs and council tax.

Non-dependants can be:

  • family members
  • friends
  • children who have left school or college for whom you no longer claim child benefit

How a non-dependant affects your benefit/support

If you have a non-dependant living with you, we take a set weekly amount off your housing benefit and council tax support, based on the non-dependant’s income. The more they earn, the higher the deduction will be.

It’s important that you let us know if your non-dependent’s circumstances change, for instance if they change jobs or their earnings change as this will affect your deduction. Use our change of circumstances form to do this.

How much we take off you

You can see the 2015 non-dependant deductions for council tax and housing benefit below.

Council tax non-dependant deductions
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work or in receipt of Universal Credit with earned income working 16+ hours:

Weekly deduction £

Gross income £408 or more per week

11.36

Gross income £328-£407.99

9.49

Gross income £189-£327.99

7.52

Gross income less than £189.00

3.74

Others aged 18 or over not in remunerative work

3.74

Aged 18 or over in receipt of Pension Credit, Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance (income based) or Employment Support Allowance (Income related)

NIL

Aged under 25 in receipt of Universal Credit with no earned income

NIL

Aged over 25 in receipt of Universal Credit with no earned income

3.74

In receipt of Universal Credit with earned income working less than 16 hours

3.74

 

Housing benefit non-dependant deductions
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work or in receipt of Universal Credit with earned income working 16+ hours:

Weekly deduction £

Gross income £408 or more per week

93.80

Gross income £328-£407.99

85.45

Gross income £246-£327.99

75.05

Gross income £189-£245.99

45.85

Gross income £129-£188.99

33.40

Gross income less than £129.00

14.55

Others aged 18 or over not in work

14.55

Others aged 25 and over on Income Support of Jobseekers Allowance

14.55

Aged 25 and under on Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance (income based) or Employment Support Allowance (Income related)

NIL

In receipt of Pension Credit

NIL

In receipt of Universal Credit with no earned income

NIL

In receipt of Universal Credit with earned income working less than 16 hours

14.55

Is a non-dependant deduction made in all cases?

There are some exceptions, when we don't take any deductions for non-dependants:

  • where you or your partner are receiving Attendance Allowance
  • where you or your partner are registered blind
  • where you or your partner are receiving the care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • where the non-dependant is on Income Support or Jobseekers Allowance (income based)
  • where the non-dependant is a full-time student, or on a youth training scheme
  • where the non-dependant is in hospital for 52 weeks or more.