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,
- 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
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 listings below show the amount we will take from your benefits on a weekly basis.
See the deductions for:
- Housing Benefit non dependant deductions from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022
- Council Tax Support non dependant deductions from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022
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