Non-dependants

Non-dependants usually live, on a non-commercial basis, in the claimant’s household. Some non-dependants pay toward household bills. This money is not counted as the claimant’s income.

Deductions

Deductions are made from Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support. These are not related to the amount the non-dependant pays. These amounts are set by the government and are applied even if the non-dependant does not pay towards the household bills. The fixed amounts are based on the non-dependant’s circumstances. 

In the case of a non-dependant couple; only one deduction will be made. The rate of this deduction will be the highest that would be applied to them individually. If either of the couple is working, the gross income is treated as belonging to them as a couple.

In cases where a claimant or partner is aged 65 or more and a non-dependant:

  • moves into the household, or
  • has a change in their circumstances which would increase the level of non-dependant deduction

The resulting change to Housing and/or Council Tax Support entitlement will be delayed for 26 weeks. Unless you are in receipt of disability premium, which will be lost immediately.

It is important to let the Housing Benefit team know of any changes which may affect your entitlement. You should let the council know of an changes as they occur.

Non-dependant Circumstances

Not working or working less than 16 hours a week
Housing Benefit Deduction Council Tax Support Deduction
£14.80 £3.80
Under 25 and in receipt of income support, Job Seekers Allowance, income based, or over 25 and in receipt of pension credits
Housing Benefit Deduction Council Tax Support Deduction
£0 (Nil) £0 (Nil)
Aged over 25 and in receipt of non-income support or Jobseekers Allowance income based
Housing Benefit Deduction Council Tax Support Deduction
£14.80 £3.80
Employment and Support Allowance income based
Age Housing Benefit Deduction Council Tax Support Deduction
Under 25 during assessment phase £0 (Nil) £0 (Nil)
Under 25 during main phase £14.80 £0 (Nil)
Over 25 £14.80 £0 (Nil)
Working 16 hours or more per week
rosGs Weekly Income Housing Benefit Deduction Council Tax Support Deduction
Less than £136 £14.80 £3.80
£136 to £199.99 £34.00 £3.80
£200 to £258.99 £46.65 £7.65
£259 to £345.99 £76.35 £7.65
£346 to £429.99 £86.95 £9.65
£430 and over £95.45 £11.55

Borders and sub-tenants

If someone other than a non-dependant pays rent for part of your property, they are classed as a sub-tenant. If that rent includes money for meals, they are classed as a boarder.

Boarders and sub-tenants are treated differently for Housing and Council Tax Support purposes. Instead of taking a set deduction from your benefit for them, part of the rent you receive is used to assess how much you are entitled to.