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The maximum amount of Housing Benefit or Local Council Tax Support awarded takes into account if there are also non-dependants living in the same household.

Extra people in your property

Other adult people living in your property are known as non-dependants. A non-dependant is someone over 18 who normally lives with you but is not your partner or a dependant child.

If you have a non-dependant living in your property you may have a set weekly amount deducted form you Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support for each non-dependant.

A deduction will not be made if you or your partner:

  • gets Attendance Allowance or Disability Living Allowance care component or
  • is registered blind

No deductions are made for non-dependants who are:

  • under 18
  • a full-time student
  • under 25 and in receipt of Income Support (IS), Income Based (IB) Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) or Income Related (IR) Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) assessment rate phase
  • in receipt of pension credit
  • in prison
  • in hospital for more than 52 weeks

Boarders and sub-tenants

If the person living with you is a boarder or sub-tenant, they are not counted as a non-dependant but some of the money that they pay you may count as your income.


Non-Dependant Rates 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

Non-dependant income information

Deduction Rates

Aged 18 or over and in remunerative workHousing BenefitLocal Council Tax Support
Gross income less than £130.00 per week£14.80£3.80
Gross income not less than £130.00 but less than £199.99 per week£34.00£3.80
Gross income not less than £200.00 but less than £258.99 per week£46.65£7.65
Gross income not less than £259.00 but less than £345.99 per week£76.35£7.65
Gross income not less than £346.00 but less than £429.99 per week£86.95£9.65
Gross income over £430.00 per week£95.45£11.55
In receipt of Pension CreditNilNil
In receipt of Main Phase ESA (IR) under 25 years old£14.80Nil
In receipt of JSA (IB) or IS or in assessment phase of ESA (IR) until 25 years oldNilNil
Aged 25 or over and on IS/JSA or in receipt of main phase ESA (IR)£14.80Nil
Others aged 18 or over£14.80£3.80
Last updated: March 2017

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Report a Change of Circumstances - Benefits
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