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Non-dependant deductions for Housing Benefit

Non-dependant means any person over 18 who normally lives with you on a non commercial basis such as an adult son, daughter, relative or friend.

We do not treat the following as non dependants:

  • partners
  • boarders
  • sub tenants
  • joint tenants
  • children for whom you still receive child benefit
  • carers who are employed by a charity or voluntary organisation
Can non-dependants claim housing benefit?

Non-dependants cannot claim housing benefit for any payments they make for their keep.

Does the money paid by non-dependants for their keep, count as income for the housing benefit claimant?

No. This money is not treated as the claimant's income, instead a fixed deduction is made from the claimant's entitlement to housing benefit.

Are these deductions related to what a non-dependant pays for their keep?

No. These deductions are fixed sums dependant upon the non-dependant's gross weekly income.

What if the non-dependant pays nothing for their keep?

The non-dependant's deduction is still made from the claimant's entitlement to housing benefit.

What are the levels of deduction?

2021

Weekly

£

- gross income more than £469.00 per week102.85
- gross income £377.00 to £468.99 per week93.70
- gross income £283.00 to £376.99 per week82.30
- gross income £217.00 to £282.99 per week50.30
- gross income £149.00 to £216.99 per week36.65
- gross income less than £149.00 per week15.95
In receipt of Pension Creditnil
In receipt of main phase Employment Support Allowance (income-related)15.95

Aged 25 or over and in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (income-based) or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work

15.95

Aged under 25 and in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (income-based) or Employment and Support Allowance (income-related) which does not include an amount for the support component or work-related activity component

nil

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