A non-dependant is any person over the age of 18 years, who normally lives with the claimant and is not a partner, dependant child, joint tenant or a sub-tenant.
A charge is taken from the award of Housing Benefit of Council Tax Support, depending on the income of the non-dependant.
For Housing Benefit purposes, where a non-dependant person is in a household the Housing Benefit Regulations assume, that they should be capable of making a form of contribution to the household expenses and therefore a deduction is made from a claimant’s weekly benefit to take account of this contribution.
The amounts which are taken, depends upon certain factors, these can be the age and income of the non-dependent in question. The chart below shows the current rates of non-dependent deductions.
Non-Dependants in remunerative work with the gross income
Deduction in Housing Benefit (For Rent)
£484.00 per week or more
Between £389.00 and £483.99 per week
Between £292.00 and £388.99 per week
Between £224.00 and £291.99 per week
Between £154.00 and £223.99 per week
less than £154.00 per week
Aged over 25 in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support
In receipt of “Main Phase" income-based Employment Support Allowance
Aged under 25 in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support or “assessment phase" of income-based Employment Support Allowance
In receipt of Pension Credit
Not working or any other DWP Benefit
Universal Credit - Aged over 25 without any earned income
Universal Credit - Aged under 25 and without any earned income
Universal Credit - with earned income
Non dependant income
Council Tax deduction
Receiving Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance (Income based) Employment & Support Allowance (Income related), Pension Credit
18 + not in remunerative work
18 + and in remunerative work:
Gross Earnings of Less than £224.00
Gross Earnings of £224.00 to £389.00
Gross Earnings of £389.00 to £484.00
Gross Earnings of £484.00 and above
18 + and in remunerative work
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