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Housing Benefit Non-Dependant Deductions

Housing Benefit - Non Dependant Deductions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Non-Dependant?

A non dependant is someone who normally lives with the Housing Benefit 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 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.

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

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

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

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

What are the Levels of Deduction?

If the non-dependant is:

April 2014

April 2015

25+ on IS/JSA(IB)/ESA(IR),



Under 25 in receipt of main phase ESA(IR)



In receipt of JSA(C) or ESA(C) any age



If Non- Dependant works less than 16hrs/week or is on maternity, paternity, adoption or sick leave



IF non dependant works 16+ hours/week and has a gross income of:


- under £129



- £129.00 - £188.99



- £189.00 - £245.99



- £246.00 - £327.99



- £328.00 - £407.99



- £408.00 or more per week



Any other Non-Dependant not in work




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)

No deductions are made if the non-dependant is:

  • Receiving Pension Credit
  • Aged under 18
  • Aged under 25 who are on Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
  • Aged under 25 who are in the assessment phase (first 13 weeks) of ESA (income related)
  • A prisoner
  • A student (but in HB only, and only if the claimant and any partner are under 65, there is a deduction in the summer vacation if they take up remunerative work)
  • Has been in hospital for 52 weeks or more

Non-Dependant deductions - Council Tax Support for people of pension age


April 2014

In receipt of Main phase ESA


Aged 18 or over not in remunerative work


Age 18 and over and in remunerative work


- gross income less than £189.00


- gross income not less than £188.00 but less than £328.00


- gross income not less than £326.00 but less than £408.00


- gross income greater than £408.00


Non-Dependant deductions – Council Tax Support for people of working age


April 2014

Age 18 and over and in remunerative work  
- Net income more than £186.00 7.00

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