Non-dependants

If you have a non-dependant living with you, it may affect the amount of housing benefit or council tax support you’re entitled to. 

You will need to provide proof of a non-dependant’s income.

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You can tell us about a non-dependant living with you by completing a change in circumstances form or ring our benefits advice line on 0300 1234 121.

A non-dependant is someone who lives with you on a regular basis but is not dependant on you for financial support.  Non-dependants might be an adult son or daughter who has left school, an elderly relative, a friend or a relation.

We don’t count people who are visiting for a few weeks, children under 18 or a child you currently receive child benefit for, a professional carer who lives with you and cares for you or your partner, or students (although we may count them if they work during the summer months).  If two non-dependants are partners, we take the higher of the deductions that apply and don’t count the other partner.

If the non-dependant is in one of the groups below, your housing benefit or council tax support will be reduced by the amount shown.  The amount is based on the non-dependant’s weekly income before tax and deductions.

Aged over 25 and receiving jobseeker’s allowance (income based), income support, main phase employment support allowance (income related) - Deduction of £14.65 from housing benefit. No deduction from council tax support.

Aged 18 or over and not in paid work (over 16 hours) - Deduction of £14.65 from housing benefit and £3.77 from council tax support.

If the non-dependant is working full time and receives:

  • Gross weekly income of less than £133.00 - Deduction of £14.56 from housing benefit and £3.77 from council tax support.
  • Gross weekly income between £133.00 - £194.99 - Deduction of £33.65 from housing benefit and £3.77 from council tax support.
  • Gross weekly income between £195.00 - £252.99 - Deduction of £46.20 from housing benefit and £7.58 from council tax support.
  • Gross weekly income between £253.00 - £337.99 - Deduction of £75.60 from housing benefit and £7.58 from council tax support.
  • Gross weekly income between £338.00 - £419.99 - Deduction of £86.10 from housing benefit and £9.56 from council tax support.
  • Gross weekly income £420.00 or more - Deduction of £94.50 from housing benefit and £11.45 from council tax support.