Non dependant deductions

Non-Dependants are adults (aged 18 or over) who live with you but are not joint-tenants or your partner.

If you have non-dependants, usually adult sons or daughters or other family or friends, living in your house then they are expected to contribute to your rent and council tax costs. Non-Dependants are adults (aged 18 or over) who live with you but are not joint-tenants or your partner. A non-dependant deduction is made from your Housing Benefit award.

Non-Dependant Deductions are amounts of money by which your Housing Benefit award is reduced depending on the income any non-dependant has. These amounts are set by the Government and change each year. 

Rates of Non-Dependant Deductions from April 2019

Non-Dependant IncomeWeekly Deduction from the award of Housing Benefit
Aged 18 to 24 in receipt of Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based) or Employment and Support Allowance (Income-related) or Universal Credit (no earned income)Nil
Others aged 18 or over not in remunerative work.£15.60
Aged 25 and over in receipt of Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based) or Employment and Support Allowance (Income-related)£15.60
Aged 18 or over earning less than £143.00 weekly£15.60
Aged 18 or over earning £143 to £208.99 weekly£35.85
Aged 18 or over earning £209 to £271.99 weekly£49.20
Aged 18 or over earning £271 to £362.99 weekly£80.55
Aged 18 or over earning £363 to £450.99 weekly£91.70
Aged 18 or over earning £451 or more weekly£100.65

Rates of Non-Dependant Deductions from April 2018

Non-Dependant IncomeWeekly Deduction from the award of Housing Benefit
Aged 18 to 24 in receipt of Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based) or Employment and Support Allowance (Income-related) or Universal Credit (no earned income)Nil
Others aged 18 or over not in remunerative work.£15.25
Aged 25 and over in receipt of Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based) or Employment and Support Allowance (Income-related)£15.25
Aged 18 or over earning less than £139 weekly£15.25
Aged 18 or over earning £139 to £203.99 weekly£35.00
Aged 18 or over earning £204 to £264.99 weekly£48.05
Aged 18 or over earning £265 to £353.99 weekly£78.65
Aged 18 or over earning £354 to £438.99 weekly£89.55
Aged 18 or over earning £439 or more weekly£98.30

Deductions do not apply to people:

  • under 18 years of age
  • in full-time education or on Youth Training Schemes; or
  • in receipt of Pension Credit

There is also no deduction from your benefit if you, or your partner:

  • are registered blind
  • receive Attendance Allowance, or
  • receive the care component of Disability Living Allowance or the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment