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Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction

Non-dependants

What is a non-dependant?

A non-dependant is someone who lives with you on a regular basis and is someone who is not dependent on you for financial support. Non-dependants can be people such as an adult son or daughter or an elderly relative. Some people are not treated as non dependants. These include:

  • sub tenants (rent received exclusive of meals)
  • boarders (rent received including meals)
  • foster children
  • children you receive Child Benefit for
  • joint tenants
  • joint owners
  • people visiting who normally live elsewhere
  • carers who are engaged by voluntary or charitable organisation which charges for the care, even if it is paid by another person

If you have a non-dependant living with you it may affect the amount of Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction you are entitled to.

Non-dependant deductions in respect of Housing Benefit

If you are claiming Housing Benefit and you have a non-dependant living in your household, a deduction has to be made from your entitlement if the non-dependant falls within a certain group. For non-dependants who work for more than 16 hours a weeks and have a gross income of:

1st Apr 2013 – 31st Mar 2014 1st Apr 2014 – 31st Mar 2015
£401.00 a week or more
a deduction of £87.75 a week will be made
£406.00 a week or more
a deduction of £91.15 a week will be made
Between £322.00 and £400.99 a week
a deduction of £79.95 a week will be made
Between £326.00 and £405.99 a week
a deduction of £83.05 a week will be made
Between £242.00 and £321.99 a week
a deduction of £70.20 per week will be made
Between £245.00 and £325.99 a week
a deduction of £72.95 per week will be made
Between £186.00 and £241.99 a week
a deduction of £42.90 per week will be made
Between £188.00 and £244.99 a week
a deduction of £44.55 per week will be made
Between £126.00 and £185.99 a week
a deduction of £31.25 per week will be made
Between £128.00 and £187.99 a week
a deduction of £32.45 per week will be made
Less than £125.99 per week
a deduction of £13.60 per week will be made
Less than £127.99 per week
a deduction of £14.15 per week will be made

 

In addition to the above, a deduction may be made for non-dependants not in remunerative work or working less than 16 hours per week. Please see the following to see whether a deduction will be made:

 Deduction

1st Apr 2013 –
31st Mar 2014
1st Apr 2014 –
31st Mar 2015
Aged 25+ and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based), Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) or Income Support £13.60 £14.15
Aged under 25 and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based) or Income Support £0.00 £0.00
Aged under 25 and in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) Main Phase £13.60 £14.15
Aged under 25 and in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) Assessment Phase £0.00 £0.00
On Jobseeker Allowance (Contribution Based) or Employment Support Allowance (Contribution Based) at any age £13.60 £14.15
On Pension Credit £0.00 £0.00
Working less than 16 hours per week or not working and not as above £13.60 £14.15

 

Non-dependant deductions in respect of Council Tax Reduction

If you are claiming Council Tax Reduction and you have a non-dependant living in your household, a deduction has to be made from your weekly entitlement if the non-dependant falls within a certain group. The groups for which a deduction will be made for Council Tax Reduction purposes are:

For non-dependants who work for more than 16 hours a weeks and have a gross income of:

1st Apr 2013 – 31st Mar 2014 1st Apr 2014 – 31st Mar 2015
£401.00 a week or more
a deduction of £10.95 a week will be made
£406.00 a week or more
a deduction of £11.35 a week will be made
Between £322.00 and £393.99 a week
a deduction of £9.15 a week will be made
Between £326.00 and £405.99 a week
a deduction of £9.50 a week will be made
Between £186.00 and £321.99 a week
a deduction of £7.25 per week will be made
Between £188.00 and £325.99 a week
a deduction of £7.50 per week will be made
Up to £185.99 per week
a deduction of £3.65 per week will be made  
Up to £187.99 per week
a deduction of £3.75 per week will be made

 

In addition to the above, a deduction may be made for non-dependants not in remunerative work or working less than 16 hours per week. Please see the following to see whether a deduction will be made:

Deduction  1st Apr 2013 –
31st Mar 2014
1st Apr 2014 –
31st Mar 2015
Aged 25+ and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based), Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) or Income Support £0.00 £0.00
Aged under 25 and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based) or Income Support £0.00 £0.00
Aged under 25 and in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) Main Phase £0.00 £0.00
Aged under 25 and in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) Assessment Phase £0.00 £0.00
On Jobseeker Allowance (Contribution Based) or Employment Support Allowance (Contribution Based) at any age £3.65 £3.75
On Pension Credit £0.00 £0.00
Working less than 16 hours per week or not working and not as above £3.65 £3.75

 

Please note that there will be a delay of six months before implementing any increase in Council Tax Reduction non-dependant deductions for all claimants over 65 in receipt of Pension Credit.

If you require further details on these cases please do not hesitate to contact a member of staff in the Revenues and Benefits section.

 

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