Benefits: non-dependants

Non-dependants

If you have any adults living with you other than your partner it will normally affect the amount of Housing Benefit and or Council Tax Reduction you receive.

In most cases other adults will be treated as non-dependants; however, if they are not related to you and you rent out your property on a commercial basis they may be treated as either 'lodgers' or 'sub-tenants' or joint tenants.

What is a non-dependant?

A non-dependant is someone aged 18 years or over and who lives with you on a non-commercial basis (i.e. does not pay you rent).  Examples of a non-dependant would be a son, daughter, friend or any other relative.

How does a non-dependant affect my benefit payment?

If you have a non-dependant living in your home, we may have to reduce your benefit by a fixed amount. This is called a non-dependant deduction.

How much are non-dependant deductions?

The amount of deduction made depends on how much gross income your non-dependant has and whether they are working over 16 hours a week. By gross income we mean all the money they get including earnings (before tax and National Insurance is deducted), social security benefits and interest paid on savings. We will need to see original proof of the non-dependant's income and capital, for example pay slips and savings pass books.

If they fail to provide proof of income we will make the appropriate deduction based on the available evidence. In some cases the highest deduction may be applied.

Non-dependant deductions (Housing Benefit) rates for 2017/18 and 2018/19

Non-dependant deductions 2017 In remunerative work (over 16 hours) Non-dependant deductions 2018 In remunerative work (over 16 hours)
Gross income per week HB Gross income per week HB
£430 and over £95.45 £439 and over £98.30
£346-£429.99 £86.95 £354 - £438.99 £89.55
£259-£345.99 £76.35 £265 - £353.99 £78.65
£200-£258.99 £46.65 £204 - £264.99 £48.05
£136-£199.99 £34 £139 - £203.99 £35
Less than £136 £14.80 Less than £139 £15.25
Others
Aged 25 or over and on IS/JSA(IB), or ESA(IR) £14.80 Aged 25 or over and on IS/JSA(IB), or ESA(IR) £15.25
Aged 18 or over not in remunerative work £14.80 Aged 18 or over not in remunerative work £15.25
Under 25 in receipt of IS/JSA (IB)/ ESA(IR) assessment phase Nil Under 25 in receipt of IS/JSA (IB)/ ESA(IR) assessment phase Nil
In receipt of ESA (IR)-main phase in all cases including under 25s £14.80 In receipt of ESA (IR)-main phase in all cases including under 25s £15.25
In receipt of Pension Credit Nil In receipt of Pension Credit Nil
Other pensioners £14.80 Other pensioners £15.25

Non-dependant deductions (Council Tax Reduction) rates for 2017/18 and 2018/19

Non-dependant deductions 2017 In remunerative work (over 16 hours)  Non-dependant deductions 2018 In remunerative work (over 16 hours)
Gross income per week CTRS Gross income/week CTRS
Greater than £424 £11.55 Greater than £436.90 £11.90
£341.40 to £423.99 £9.65 £351.65 - £436.89 £9.95
£196.95 to £341.39 £7.65 £202.85 - £351.64 £7.90
Up to £196.94 £3.80 Upto £202.84 £3.90
Others
Aged 25 or over and on IS/JSA(IB), or ESA(IR) Nil Aged 25 or over and on IS/JSA(IB), or ESA(IR) Nil
Aged 18 or over not in remunerative work £3.80 Aged 18 or over not in remunerative work £3.90
Under 25 in receipt of IS/JSA (IB)/ ESA(IR) assessment phase Nil Under 25 in receipt of IS/JSA (IB)/ ESA(IR) assessment phase Nil
In receipt of ESA (IR)-main phase in all cases including under 25s Nil In receipt of ESA (IR)-main phase in all cases including under 25s Nil
In receipt of Pension Credit Nil In receipt of Pension Credit Nil
Other pensioners £3.80 Other pensioners £3.90

Date last reviewed: 02/03/2018