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 2020

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.£15.85
Aged 25 and over in receipt of Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based) or Employment and Support Allowance (Income-related)£15.85
Aged 18 or over earning less than £149.00 weekly£15.85
Aged 18 or over earning £149.00 to £216.99 weekly£36.45
Aged 18 or over earning £217.00 to £282.99 weekly£50.05
Aged 18 or over earning £283.00 to £376.99 weekly£81.90
Aged 18 or over earning £377.00 to £468.99 weekly£93.25
Aged 18 or over earning £469 or more weekly£102.35

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 £143.00 to £208.99 weekly£35.85
Aged 18 or over earning £209.00 to £271.99 weekly£49.20
Aged 18 or over earning £272.00 to £362.99 weekly£80.55
Aged 18 or over earning £363.00 to £450.99 weekly£91.70
Aged 18 or over earning £451.00 or more weekly£100.65

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