Non-dependants

What a non-dependant is, and how they can affect your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.

What is a non-dependant?

A non-dependant is someone who normally lives with you such as an adult son, daughter, relative or friend. Boarders, sub-tenants and joint tenants are not classed as non-dependants.

Can a non-dependant claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support?

No, a non-dependant cannot claim Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support for any payments they make for their keep.

The money paid by the non-dependant for their household contribution is not treated as your income, instead a fixed deduction is made from your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support. The deductions are fixed amounts based on your non-dependant's gross weekly income.

Non-dependant deductions do not apply 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 Independant 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

Non-dependant deductions from 1 April 2017

The amount we will deduct from your claim depends on the income of the non-dependant. 

Housing Benefit deductions

Non-dependant 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

  • no deduction
Non-dependant aged under 25 and on Universal Credit and not in remunerative work
  • no deduction
Non-dependant aged 25 or over and on Income Support, JSA(IB) or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work
  • deduction of £14.80
Non-dependant in receipt of main phase ESA(IR)
  • deduction of £14.80
Non-dependant in receipt of Pension Credit or a full time student
  • no deduction
Non-dependant working 16 hours or more per week with a gross income of: 
  • under £135.99 - deduction of £14.80
  • between £136.00 - £199.99 - deduction of £34.00
  • between £200.00 - £258.99 - deduction of £46.45
  • between £259.00 - £345.99 - deduction of £76.35
  • between £346.00 - £429.99 - deduction of £86.95
  • £430.00 or more per week - deduction of £95.45

Council Tax Support deductions

Non-dependant in receipt of Income Support, State Pension Credit, JSA(IB) or ESA(IR) 

  • no deduction 
Non-dependant aged 18 or over and in receipt of Universal Credit
  • no deduction
Non-dependant in  Aged 18 or over not in remunerative work
  • a deduction of £3.80

Non-dependant aged 18 and over and in remunerative work and has a gross weekly income of:

  • less than £196.94 - deduction of £3.80
  • £196.95 to £341.39 - deduction of £7.65
  • £341.40 to £424.19 - deduction of £9.65
  • greater than £424.20 - deduction of £11.55


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