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 whether a non-dependant has moved in or out of your home, or about a change to the circumstances of a non-dependant living with you by completing a change in circumstances form or ring our benefits advice line on 0300 1234 121. You will need to tell us the date they moved in or out, or the date that their circumstances changed, their full name, date of birth, National Insurance Number, the address they have moved from/to, and their income and capital details.

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 £14.80 from housing benefit. No deduction from council tax support.

Aged 18 or over and not in paid work (over 16 hours) - Deduction of £14.80 from housing benefit and £3.80 from council tax support.

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

  • Gross weekly income of less than £136.00 - Deduction of £14.80 from housing benefit and £3.80 from council tax support.
  • Gross weekly income between £136.00 - £199.99 - Deduction of £34.00 from housing benefit and £3.80 from council tax support.
  • Gross weekly income between £200.00 - £258.99 - Deduction of £46.65 from housing benefit and £7.65 from council tax support.
  • Gross weekly income between £259.00 - £345.99 - Deduction of £76.35 from housing benefit and £7.65 from council tax support.
  • Gross weekly income between £346.00 - £429.99 - Deduction of £86.95 from housing benefit and £9.65 from council tax support.
  • Gross weekly income £430.00 or more - Deduction of £95.45 from housing benefit and £11.55 from council tax support.