Understanding non-dependant deductions

What are non-dependants ?

When you make a claim for Housing Benefit (HB) or Council Tax Reduction (CTR), any people who normally share your accommodation with you, but are not dependent on you for financial support are known as non-dependants, for example, a grown-up son, daughter, relative or friend.

How will non-dependants affect my benefit claim?

Non-dependants may affect the amount of HB and CTR you get, as it is reasonable that other adults sharing your accommodation should put some money towards the household costs.

Therefore, depending on your circumstances and the circumstances of the non-dependant, a non-dependant deduction may be taken from your benefit.

The actual amounts of money given towards your household expenses by those living with you will not affect the non-dependant deduction amounts that are applied to your benefit claim.

 

Non-dependant deduction rates for Housing Benefit claims

 

Deductions are made from Housing Benefit for non-dependants aged over 18. There are six levels of deduction. If the non-dependant is working less than 16 hours a week, the lowest deduction will apply. If the non-dependant is doing paid work for 16 hours or more a week, the level of deduction will depend on the non-dependant’s gross income as in the table below.

 

Housing Benefit non-dependant deduction rates

All amounts shown are weekly deduction amounts

     
Non-dependant's Income Rate from April 2015 Rate from April 2016
Aged 25 or over and on Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based), or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work £14.55 £14.65
In receipt of main phase Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related) £14.55 £14.65
In receipt of Pension Credit Nil Nil
Not in receipt of main phase rate Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related) Nil Nil
     
Non-dependants aged 18 or over and working 16 hours or more per week, or in receipt of Universal Credit the following rates apply: Rate from April 2015 Rate from April 2016
     
2015-2016- Gross income: less than £129.00 per week £14.55  
2016- 2017 Gross income: less than £133.00 per week   £14.65
2015-2016- Gross income: £129.00 - £188.99 per week £33.40  
2016- 2017 - Gross income: £133.00 - £194.99 per week   £33.65
2015 - 2016 - Gross income: £189.00 - £245.99 per week £45.85  
2016 - 2017 - Gross income: £195.00. - £252.99 per week   £46.20
2015 - 2016- Gross income: £246.00- £327.99 per week £75.05  
2016 - 2017 - Gross income: £253.00 - £337.99 per week   £75.60
2015 - 2016 Gross income: £328.00 - £407.99 per week £85.45  
2016 - 2017- Gross income: £338.00 - £419.99 per week   £86.10
2015 - 2016 - Gross income: £406.00 or over per week £93.80  
2016 - 20157- Gross income: £420.00 or over per week   £94.50

 


 

Non-dependant deduction rates for Council Tax Reduction claims

 

Deductions are made from your Council Tax Reduction for non-dependants aged over 18 who normally live with you. There are four levels of deduction. If the non-dependant is working less than 16 hours a week, the lowest deduction will apply. If the non-dependant is doing paid work for 16 hours or more a week, the level of deduction will depend on the non-dependant’s gross income as in the table below.

 

Council Tax Reduction non-dependant deduction rates

All amounts shown are weekly deduction amounts

     
Non-dependant's Income Rate from April 2015 Rate from April 2016
In receipt of state Pension Credit or in receipt of Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based) or Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related) Nil Nil

 

 

 

  Rate from April 2015 Rate from April 2016

2016-2017- Claimant Working age non dependent - Gross income: less than £195.00 per week

2016-2017- Claimant Pensionable age non dependent - Gross income: less than £195.00 per week

 

£7.40

£3.77

2015 -2016 - Claimant Working age non dependent - Gross income: less than £189.00 per week

2015 -2016 - Claimant Pensionable age non dependent - Gross income: less than £189.00 per week

£7.40

£3.74

 

2016 - 2017- Claimant Working age non dependent - Gross income: £195.00-£337.99 per week

2016 - 2017- Claimant Pensionable age non dependent - Gross income: £195.00-£337.99 per week

 

£14.90

£7.58

2015 -2016 - Claimant Working age non dependent - Gross income: £189.00-£327.99 per week

2015 -2016 - Claimant Pensionable age non dependent - Gross income: £189.00-£327.99 per week

£14.90

£7.52

 

2016 - 2017- Claimant Working age non dependent Gross income: £338.00-£420.00 per week

2016 - 2017- Claimant Pensionable age non dependent Gross income: £338.00-£420.00 per week

 

£18.80

£9.56

2015 -2016 - Claimant Working age non dependent - Gross income: £328.00-£407.99 per week

2015 -2016 - Claimant Pensionable age non dependent - Gross income: £328.00-£407.99 per week

£18.80

£9.49

 

2016 - 2017- Claimant Working age non dependent Gross income: £420.00 or over per week

2016 - 2017- Claimant Pensionable age non dependent Gross income: £420.00 or over per week

 

£22.50

£11.45

2015 -2016 - Claimant Working age non dependent - Gross income: £408.00 or over

2015 -2016 - Claimant Pensionable age non dependent - Gross income: £408.00 or over

£22.50

£11.36

 

2016 -2017 - Claimant Working age non dependent - Unearned Income

2016 -2017 - Claimant Pensionable age non dependent - Unearned Income

 

£7.40

£3.77

2015 -2016 - Claimant Working age non dependent - Other aged 18 or over, if not covered above

2015 -2016 - Claimant Pensionable age non dependent - Other aged 18 or over, if not covered above

£7.40

£3.40

 

 


 

Non-dependants and the letters you receive from us about your benefit claim

You will receive a benefit notification letter from the council when a new claim for HB or CTR is processed, and then again, each time your claim is re-assessed.

Your benefit notification letters will show how your weekly benefit amount has been worked out, the names of any non-dependants in your household, and the amounts of any non-dependant deductions.

It is important that you check your benefit letters [PDF 156KB] to see that the information we hold about your household is accurate and up to date. If you have any queries, or if any of the details about you and your household, are wrong, inaccurate or missing, you must let us know as soon as possible.

 


 

Exceptions to the non-dependant deduction rules and further information

Shelter is a registered charity offering advice and assistance to people with housing needs. The Shelter website offers useful information about the non-dependant deductions rules for Housing Benefit, including exceptions to the rules. Detailed information about recent changes to the deduction rates can be found on the Gov.uk website. The Council Tax Reduction scheme rules can be found on the Brighton & Hove Council Tax Reduction scheme web page.