Non-dependants

Housing benefit Non-dependants

Page last updated at 25 May 2016 at 08:07

What is a non-dependant?

Deductions may be made from Housing Benefit (HB) or Council Tax Support (CTS) if you have other adults living with you. These other adults are known as non-dependants.

Non-dependants are adults who live with you as part of your household. By household we mean people who live with you and do not have their own liability to pay rent to you or the landlord of the property. 

Non-dependants do not include:

  • your partner;
  • young adults aged 16-17, that the claimant gets child benefit for;
  • joint tenants;
  • the landlord;
  • other tenants in the property who have their own tenancy agreement; or
  • people who rent a room from you under a commercial agreement (lodgers, sub-tenants or boarders). 

How non-dependants affect your claim for Housing Benefit (HB) and Council Tax Support (CTS)

Deductions are made depending on the non-dependants gross income before tax and national insurance. The deductions are lower if the non-dependant is getting Income Support , income related Employment and Support Allowance or income based Jobseekers Allowance.  There may still be a deduction even if the non-dependant has no income.

If the circumstances of your non-dependant change then you must tell us about the change straight away.

Where no non-dependant deduction is made

If you or your partner is registered blind, or receiving attendance allowance or the care component of Disability Living Allowance or the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment, no non-dependant deduction is made.

Non-dependant deduction (NDD) rates

For Working Age claimants, the non-dependant deductions from a Council Tax Support award from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 are:

  • £4.00 per week where the non-dependant is in receipt of Universal Credit, or is not in remunerative work or has a gross income of less than £189.00 per week.
  • £12.00 per week where the non-dependant has a gross income of more than £189.00 per week.

Click here to find out more about the local Council Tax Support scheme for Eastleigh Borough Council. 

Use the table below as a guide to non-dependant deductions from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017:

Non-dependant's Circumstances

Working Age and Pensioner Claimants

Weekly Housing Benefit NDD 2016-17

Pensioner Claimants Only

Weekly Council Tax Support NDD 2016-17

Aged less than 18 (dependant) £0.00 £0.00
Student in their term-time £0.00 £0.00
Aged 18 to 24 years on Income Support or income based Jobseekers Allowance £0.00 £0.00
Aged 25 or more on Income Support or income based Jobseekers Allowance £14.65 £0.00
Aged 18 or more working less than 16 hours per week or gross income less than £133.00 £14.65 £3.77
Aged 18 or more working 16 hours per week or more and gross income £133.00 to £194.99 £33.65 £3.77
Aged 18 or more working 16 hours per week or more and gross income £195.00 to £252.99 £46.20 £7.58
Aged 18 working 16 hours per week or more and gross income £253.00 to £337.99 £75.60 £7.58
Aged 18 working 16 hours per week or more and gross income £338.00 to £419.99 £86.10 £9.56
Aged 18 or more working 16 hours per week or more and gross income £420.00 or greater £95.50 £11.46
Aged 18 or more and not working or working less than 16 hours per week £14.65 £3.77
Aged under 25 and on assessment phase of income related Employment and Support Allowance £0.00 £0.00
Aged 25 or over and on income related Employment and Support Allowance £14.65 £0.00
On assessment phase of income related Employment and Support Allowance £0.00 £0.00
On contribution based Employment and Support Allowance £14.65 £3.77
Aged under 25 on Universal Credit and no earned income £0.00 £0.00
Aged under 25 on Universal Credit and working See gross income bands above See gross income bands above
Aged 25 and over on Universal Credit and no earned income £14.65 £0.00
Aged 25 and over on Universal Credit and working See gross income bands above See gross income bands above