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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 2015 – 31st Mar 2016 1st Apr 2016 – 31st Mar 2017
£408.00 a week or more
a deduction of £93.80 a week will be made
£420.00 a week or more
a deduction of £94.50 a week will be made
Between £328.00 and £407.99 a week
a deduction of £85.45 a week will be made
Between £338.00 and £419.99 a week
a deduction of £86.10 a week will be made
Between £246.00 and £327.99 a week
a deduction of £75.05 per week will be made
Between £253.00 and £337.99 a week
a deduction of £75.60 per week will be made
Between £189.00 and £245.99 a week
a deduction of £45.85 per week will be made
Between £195.00 and £252.99 a week
a deduction of £46.20 per week will be made
Between £129.00 and £188.99 a week
a deduction of £33.40 per week will be made
Between £133.00 and £194.99 a week
a deduction of £33.65 per week will be made
Less than £129 per week
a deduction of £14.55 per week will be made
Less than £133 per week
a deduction of £14.65 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 2015 –
31st Mar 2016
1st Apr 2016 –
31st Mar 2017
Aged 25+ and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based), Employment Support Allowance (Income Related), Income Support or Universal Credit (with no earnings) £14.55 £14.65
Aged under 25 and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based), Income Support or Universal Credit (with no earnings) £0.00 £0.00
Aged under 25 and in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) Main Phase £14.55 £14.65
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 £14.55 £14.65
On Pension Credit £0.00 £0.00
Working less than 16 hours per week or not working and not as above £14.55 £14.65

 

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 2015 – 31st Mar 2016 1st Apr 2016 – 31st Mar 2017
£408.00 a week or more
a deduction of £11.70 a week will be made
£420.00 a week or more
a deduction of £11.80 a week will be made
Between £328.00 and £407.99 a week
a deduction of £9.80 a week will be made
Between £338.00 and £419.99 a week
a deduction of £9.85 a week will be made
Between £189.00 and £327.99 a week
a deduction of £7.70 per week will be made
Between £195.00 and £337.99 a week
a deduction of £7.75 per week will be made
Up to £188.99 per week
a deduction of £3.85 per week will be made
Up to £194.99 per week
a deduction of £3.90 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 2015 –
31st Mar 2016
1st Apr 2016 –
31st Mar 2017
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 £3.85 £3.90
On Pension Credit £0.00 £0.00
Working less than 16 hours per week or not working and not as above £3.85 £3.90
On Universal Credit £3.85 £3.90

 

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.