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Non dependant deductions

A non dependant deduction is an amount of money taken from your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support entitlement because you have a non-dependent adult living with you.

A non dependant is someone aged 18 and over who normally lives with you e.g an adult daughter, son, relative or friend.

The following people are not classed as non-dependants:

  • your partner
  • children for whom you receive child benefit
  •  joint owners,
  • tenants
  • someone who lives with you to look after you or your partner and who is employed by a charity or voluntary organisation who charges for this service

Deductions

The amount of money we will take from your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support is based on the income of the non-dependent.  If you have a couple living with you, one deduction is made based on their joint income.

The tables below show the amount we will take from your benefits on a weekly basis.

Housing Benefit non dependant deductions from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
Non dependant income Deduction from Housing Benefit
Gross income less than £149 £15.85
Gross income £149 to £216.99 £36.45
Gross income £217 to £282.99 £50.05
Gross income £283 to £376.99 £81.90
Gross income £377 to £468.99 £93.25
Gross income £469 and above £102.35
State Pension Credit Nil
Employment Support Allowance(IR) £15.85
Income Support / Job Seekers Allowance (aged 18 or over £15.85
Income Support / Job Seekers Allowance (aged 25 or over £15,85
Income Support / Job Seekers Allowance (IB) / Employment Support Allowance (aged under 25) Nil

 

The amount of money will take from your Council Tax Support will be based on the non dependants income and whether you are pensioner or working age claimant receiving Universal Credit(UC).

Council Tax Support non dependant deductions from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
Non dependant income Pensioner claimant deduction Working age claimant not receiving UC deduction Working age claimant receiving UC deduction
Gross income less than £144 £4.05 £6.60 £3.30
Gross income £144 to £217.99 £4.05 £6.60 £13.10
Gross income £218 to £376.99 £8.25 £13.10 £13.10
Gross income £377 to £468.99 £10.35 £16.50 £13.10
Gross income £469 and above £12.40 £19.80 £13.10
Pension Credit Nil £3.30 £3.30
Employment Support Allowance (IR) Nil £3.30 £3.30
Employment Support Allowance(C) £4.05 £3.30 £3.30
Job Seekers Allowance (C) £4.05 £6.60 £3.30
Income Support / Job Seekers Allowance / Employment Support Allowance assessment phase/ Maximum UC (aged 25 and under) Nil £3.30 £3.30
Income Support / Job Seekers Allowance / Maximum UC (aged 25 and over) Nil £3.30 £3.30
Aged 18 and over (not employed) £4.05 £6.60 3.30

 

When you are exempt from non dependant deductions

You will be exempt from non-dependant deductions if you or your partner are registered blind or receive one of the following benefits:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) - Care Component
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - Daily Living Component
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

You will need to provide proof of your circumstance for the exemption to be applied to your claim.

Circumstances when we will not make a deduction

We will not make a deduction to your entitlement if  the non-dependant is:

  • aged under 18
  • receiving Pension Credit (savings credit or guarantee credit) - a rate of £3.30 per week applies under the working-age Council Tax Support scheme
  • under 25 and receiving Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance (IB), Employment and Support Allowance (IR) assessment phase or Universal Credit with no earned income - a rate of £3.30 per week applies under the working-age Council Tax Support scheme
  • receiving a training allowance or a Youth Training Scheme
  • a patient in hospital for 52 weeks or more
  • a full-time student (but deductions may be made during the summer vacation if the student does any paid work in this period)
  • detained in prison