Other people living with you affecting your benefit claim

Your benefit may be affected if you have non-dependants living in your household.

Non-dependants

A non-dependant is someone who lives with you on a non-commercial basis. This is often an adult son or daughter, a relative or even a friend who lives with you. Renting a room to a close relative is always considered non-commercial.

Non-dependants do not include

  • Dependant members of your family, i.e. a partner or child for whom you get child benefit
  • Lodgers or boarders who live with you on a commercial basis
  • Tenants or sub-tenants
  • People who own part or all of your home, i.e. a joint owner
  • Professional carers

Non-dependant deductions 

The Government expects non-dependants to contribute towards the running expenses of the household, which includes rent and/or council tax. Many householders receive money from their non-dependants to cover housekeeping costs.

Even if the non-dependant only pays a little amount or nothing towards the household costs, fixed sum deductions will still be made from the householder's Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction.

These deductions are calculated on the non-dependant's gross income. If the non dependant's income increases or decreases, this may affect the deduction.

It is important to notify us of any changes in the non-dependant's income.

Value of non-dependant deductions

The amount of the deduction depends on the level of gross income the non-dependant receives.  

Non Dependant Deductions for Housing Benefit (as of April 2022)

Table showing Non-dependant Deductions for Housing Benefit (as of April 2022)
Category Amount
Under 25 and on IS  or  JSA (IB) or ESA (IR) which does not include an amount for the support component or work related activity component or UC where  the award is calculated on the basis that the non-dependent does not have any earned income Nil
Aged 25 or over and on IS/JSA(IB) and UC, or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work £16.45
In receipt of main phase ESA (IR) £16.45
In receipt of Pension Credit Nil

Aged 18 or over and works more than 16 hours a week, earning:  

Gross weekly income less than £154

Gross weekly income not less than £154 but less than £223.99

Gross weekly income not less than £224 but less than £291.99

Gross weekly income not less than £292 but less than £388.99

Gross weekly income not less than £389 but less than £483.99

Gross weekly income not less than £484   
 

£16.45

£37.80

£51.85

£84.85

£96.60

£106.05

Non Dependant Deductions for the Council Tax Reduction Scheme (as of April 2022):

Table showing Non-dependant Deductions for Housing Benefit (as of April 2022)
Category Amount
Under 25 and on IS  or  JSA (IB) or ESA (IR) which does not include an amount for the support component or work related activity component or UC where  the award is calculated on the basis that the non-dependent does not have any earned income

Nil

Aged 25 or over and on IS/JSA(IB) and UC, or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work 4.20
In receipt of main phase ESA (IR) 4.20
In receipt of Pension Credit Nil

Aged 18 or over and works more than 16 hours a week, including those in receipt of universal credit whose award includes earnings, earning:
Gross income less than £217.00

Gross weekly income not less than £217.00 but less than £377.00

Gross weekly income not less than £377.00 but less than £469.00

Gross weekly income not less than £469.00  
 

 

£4.20

£8.30

£10.40

£12.45

Others aged 18 or over

£4.20

When non-dependant deduction not made

We will not apply a non-dependant deduction if you or your partner are:

  • Registered blind, or
  • In receipt of: 
    • Attendance Allowance,
    • the care component of Disability Living Allowance, or
    • the Standard or Enhanced rate of the daily living component of the Personal Independence Payment

In addition no deduction is made if the non-dependant:

  • Is under 18
  • Is under 25 and in receipt of Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based), Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related) Assessment Phase, Universal Credit with no earned income or Pension Credit
  • Gets a work based training allowance
  • Usually lives somewhere else
  • Has been a hospital inpatient for more than 52 weeks
  • Is a prisoner or otherwise detained
  • Is a full time student during the period of study