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Housing Benefit Non-Dependant Deductions

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support - Non Dependant Deductions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Non-Dependant?

A non dependant is someone who normally lives with the Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support claimant such as an adult son, daughter, relative or friend.

Boarders, sub-tenants and joint tenants are not non-dependants.

Can Non-Dependants Claim Housing Benefit?

Non-dependants cannot claim Housing Benefit for any payments they make for their keep.

Does the money paid by Non-Dependants for their keep, count as income for the Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support Claimant?

No. This money is not treated as the claimant's income, instead a fixed deduction is made from the claimant's entitlement to Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support.

Are these deductions related to what a Non-Dependant pays for their keep?

No. These deductions are fixed sums based upon the non-dependant's gross weekly income.

What if the Non-Dependant pays nothing for their keep?

The non-dependant deduction is still made from the claimant's entitlement to Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support.

What are the Levels of Deduction?

Housing Benefit

If the non-dependant is:

April 2015

April 2016

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

Nil

Aged under 25 and on Universal Credit and not in remunerative work

Nil

Nil

Aged 25 or over and on Income Support, JSA(IB) or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work

£14.55

£14.65

In receipt of main phase ESA(IR)

£14.55

£14.65

In receipt of Pension Credit Nil Nil

If the non dependant works 16+ hours or more per week and has a gross income of:

 

- under £133

£14.55

£14.65

- £133.00 - £194.99

£33.40

£33.65

- £195.00 - £252.99

£45.85

£46.20

- £253.00 - £337.99

£75.05

£75.60

- £338.00 - £419.99

£85.45

£86.10

- £420.00 or more per week

£93.80

£94.50

 

Council Tax Support

 

April 2015

April 2016

In receipt of Income Support, State Pension Credit, JSA(IB) or ESA(IR)

Nil

Nil

Aged 18 or over and in receipt of Universal Credit and not in remunerative work

Nil

Nil

Aged 18 or over not in remunerative work

Nil

£3.77

Age 18 and over and in remunerative work and has a gross income of::

 

- gross income less than £195.00

Nil

£3.77

- gross income not less than £195.00 but less than £338.00

£7.00

£7.58

- gross income not less than £338.00 but less than £420.00

£7.00

£9.56

- gross income greater than £420.00

£7.00

£11.45

 

Are there any exceptions?

Yes. No deductions are made if you or your partner are:

  • Registered Blind
  • Receiving Attendance Allowance
  • Receiving the care component of Disability Living Allowance (at any rate)
  • Receiving the daily living component of Personal Independent Payment

No deductions are made if the non-dependant is:

  • Aged under 18
  • A full time student
  • Has been in hospital for 52 weeks or more
  • A member of the Armed Forces who is absent while on operations.

 For further information please contact

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