Your Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support may be reduced if other people share your home and they are not liable for paying the rent. They could be an adult son or daughter, or an elderly relative.
This is known as a non-dependant deduction.
The amount of the deduction will depend on the income of the non-dependant. If you have a non-dependant couple living with you, one deduction is made based on their joint income.
There will be no deduction made if you provide proof that the non-dependant:
- is aged under 18
- is in receipt of Pension Credit (savings credit or guarantee credit) - a rate of £3.30 per week applies under the working-age Council Tax Support scheme
- is under 25 and receives Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance (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
- is in receipt of a training allowance or a Youth Training Scheme
- has been a patient in hospital for 52 weeks or more
- is a full-time student (but deductions may be made during the summer vacation if the student does any paid work in this period)
- is a prisoner
Exemptions from a deduction
No deduction is made from your Housing Benefit for a non-dependant if you or your partner receives:
- the Care Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Attendance Allowance
- the Daily Living Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Or if you or your partner are registered blind
To consider an exemption from non-dependant deductions, we will need to see proof.
Rates of Non-dependant deduction
The following guides show the rates of weekly non-dependent deductions: