How non dependants affect your benefit

A non dependant is normally any adult (over 18 years) who lives with you and isn't your partner. This could be a son, daughter, relative or friend.

The amount of benefit you receive may be affected if you have a non dependant living with you. This is if you claim Council Tax Support or Housing Benefit. It's called a non dependant deduction.

It shows the amount the government expects them to pay towards your housing costs and Council Tax.

We take a set weekly amount off your benefit based on the non dependant’s income. The more that they earn, the higher the deduction will be. If you're of working age, there isn't a deduction made from any Council Tax Support you get.

You need to let us know if there are any changes that relate to your non dependant. Things such as a change of job or their earnings will affect your deduction. You can use our online form to tell us about a change.

Non dependant deductions for Council Tax Support

The following are the deductions for Council Tax Support for the period 2023-24. These are only made if you're pensionable age. There's no deduction if you're working age.

Deductions if aged 18 or over and in paid work, or in receipt of Universal Credit with earned income working 16+ hours

Gross income per week Weekly deduction
£511 or more £14.15
£410 to £510.99 £11.80
£236 to £409.99 £9.40
Less than £236 £4.60

Other deductions

Criteria Weekly deduction   
Aged 18 or over not in paid work £4.60
Aged 18 or over in receipt of Pension Credit, Income Support,
Jobseeker's Allowance (income based) or Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
Nil
In receipt of Universal Credit with no earned income Nil
In receipt of Universal Credit with earned income working less than 16 hours £4.60

Non dependant deductions for Housing Benefit

The following are the deductions for Housing Benefit for the period 2023-24.

Deductions if aged 18 or over and in paid work, or in receipt of Universal Credit with earned income working 16+ hours

Gross income per week Weekly deduction
£511 or more £116.75
£410 to £510.99 £106.35
£308 to £409.99 £93.40
£236 to £307.99 £57.10
£162 to £235.99 £41.60
Less than £162 £18.10

Other deductions

Criteria Weekly deduction
Aged 18 or over not in work £18.10
Aged 25 and over on Income Support of Jobseeker's Allowance  £18.10

Aged 25 and under on Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance (income based) or Employment and Support Allowance (income related) (assessment phase only)

Nil

In receipt of Pension Credit

Nil
In receipt of Universal Credit with no earned income Nil
Aged 25 and over with no earned income £18.10
In receipt of Universal Credit with earned income working less than 16 hours £18.10

Exceptions to non dependant deductions

We don't take any deductions for non dependants where:

  • you or your partner are receiving Attendance Allowance
  • you or your partner are registered blind
  • you or your partner are receiving the care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • you or your partner receive the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment
  • the non dependant's a full time student, or on a youth training scheme
  • the non dependant's in hospital for 52 weeks or more
  • in some circumstances the non dependant's on Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance (income based), Universal Credit, or Savings Credit