Non-Dependants

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Non-Dependants

What is a non-dependant?

This is someone, usually 18 or older, who normally lives in your home. They are often:

  • an adult son or daughter
  • another relative
  • any adult who does not pay rent or Council Tax at the property

Non-dependants are not:

  • dependant family members for whom benefit is paid, for example, a partner, young son or daughter
  • people who own all or part of your home
  • a joint tenant or sub tenant
  • professional carers
  • someone who lives in the property on a commercial basis.

How is Housing Benefit affected?

If you have a non-dependant living in your household the amount of benefit that can be paid may be reduced. This is because it is reasonable to expect the non-dependant to make a contribution towards the household expenses.

The amount of deduction is set each year by the government and depends on the income of the non-dependant. For April 2014 to March 2015 the amount of weekly deduction is:

 

Gross Income

Deduction

Aged 18 or over and in paid work

£406 or more

91.15

£326 to £406

83.05

£245 to £326

72.95

£188 to £245

44.55

£128 to £188

32.45

less than £128

14.15

Others aged 18 or over

Nil

Non-dependants not in remunerative work`14.15
In receipt of Pension CreditNil
Aged 25 or over and on IS or JSA (IB)14.15
Under 25 and on IS or JSA ( IB)Nil
Main Phase ESA (IR)14.15
Non Main Phase ESA (IR)Nil

When is a non-dependant deduction not made?

No deduction is made where:

  • a claimant or partner is registered blind
  • a claimant or partner is in receipt of Attendance Allowance or a care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • a non-dependant is a student or receives a youth training allowance
  • a non-dependant has been an hospital in-patient for more than six weeks

What if there is more than one non-dependant?

A separate deduction is made for each non-dependant in the household. If two non-dependants are married to each other or are treated as a couple, only one deduction will be made for them. The amount of the deduction is based on the joint income.

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