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 2019 to March 2020 the amount of weekly deduction is:
|Aged 18 or over and in paid work||£451 or more||100.65|
|Aged 18 or over and in paid work||£363 to £450.99||91.70|
|Aged 18 or over and in paid work||£272 to £362.99||80.55|
|Aged 18 or over and in paid work||£209 to £271.99||49.20|
|Aged 18 or over and in paid work||£143 to £208.99||35.85|
|Aged 18 or over and in paid work||Less than £143||15.60|
|Others aged 18 or over||N/A||NIL|
|Non-dependants not in remunerative work||N/A||15.60|
|In receipt of Pension Credit||N/A||NIL|
|Aged 25 or over and on IS or JSA (IB)||N/A||15.60|
|Under 25 and on IS or JSA ( IB)||N/A||NIL|
|Main Phase ESA (IR)||N/A||15.60|
|Non Main Phase ESA (IR)||N/A||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.