If other people live with you, it may affect the amount of benefit you can get. It is important you tell us immediately about any changes to your household. People who live with you could be: your partner, any dependant children, a non dependant, boarder or sub-tenant.

Who is a non- dependant?:

  • A grown up son or daughter, aged 18 or over 
  • Any other relative aged 18 or over 
  • A friend aged 18 or over

Who isn't a non-dependant?:

  • Your partner, if you have one 
  • A child that you get child benefit for 
  • A person under 18 
  • A person in full time education 
  • A person on a youth training scheme 
  • A person who normally lives somewhere else

Non-dependant deductions

If a non-dependant living in your household is working, a deduction will be made from the amount of Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Benefit you get.

Weekly gross income Weekly deductions
Housing Benefit Council Tax Reduction
Less than £136 per week £14.80 £3.80
£136.00 to £199.99 £34.00 £3.80
£200.00 to £258.99 £46.65 £7.65
£259.00 to £345.99 £76.35 £7.65
£346.00 to £429.99 £86.95 £9.65
£430.00 and above £95.45 £11.55
Other:
Age 18 or over and not in paid work £14.80 £3.80
Receiving a Passport Benefit
Age 25 and over £14.80 NIL
Aged 18-25 NIL NIL
Aged 18-25 and in receipt of Main Phase Employment Support Allowance £14.80 NIL
Receiving Universal Credit
Age under 25 and gets Universal Credit with no earned income NIL NIL
Aged 25 or over and gets Universal Credit with no earned income £14.80 £3.80
Universal Credit with earned income, working less than 16 hours per week £14.80 £3.80
Universal Credit with earned income, working more than 16 hours per week Deduction based on gross income Deduction based on gross income
Non dependant receiving Pension Credit NIL NIL

A non dependant deduction will not apply when:

  • The non-dependant is aged under 18 
  • You or your partner receive Disability Living Allowance Care Component or Personal Independence Payment Daily Living Component 
  • You or your partner receive Attendance Allowance 
  • You or your partner are blind or have recently regained your sight