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Non-dependants

Non-dependants. If one or more lives with you, it may affect the amount of housing benefit or council tax support you’re entitled to. 

You will need to provide proof of a non-dependant’s income.

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You can tell us:

  • whether a non-dependant has moved in or out of your home
  • about a change to the circumstances of a non-dependant living with you

To do so, please complete a change in circumstances form . Alternatively, you can ring our benefits advice line on 0300 1234 121. You will need to tell us the date they moved in or out. The date that their circumstances changed. Their full name, date of birth and National Insurance Number. You will also need to tell us the address they have moved from/to. We will need to provide their income and capital details.

A non-dependant is someone who lives with you on a regular basis.They are not dependant on you for financial support.  Non-dependants might be an adult son or daughter who has left school. They may be an elderly relative, a friend or a relation.

We don’t count people who are visiting for a few weeks. We don't count children under 18 or a child you currently receive child benefit for. We also don't count a professional carer who lives with you and cares for you or your partner. Students don't count (although we may count them if they work during the summer months).  If two non-dependants are partners, we take the higher of the deductions that apply and don’t count the other partner.

If the non-dependant is in one of the groups below, your awards will reduce by the amount shown.  The amount we use is the non-dependant’s weekly income before tax and deductions.

Aged over 25 Receiving jobseeker’s allowance (income based). Receiving income support or main phase employment support allowance (income related) - Deduction of £15.85.

Aged 18 or over and not in paid work (over 16 hours) - Deduction of £15.85 from housing benefit.

If the non-dependant is working full time and receives:

Gross weekly income Deduction from housing benefit 
Less than £149.00  £15.85 
Between £149.00 - £216.99  £36.45 
Between £217.00 - £282.99  £50.05 
Between £283.00 - £376.99  £81.90 
Between £377.00 - £468.99  £93.28 
£469.00 or more  £102.38 



Aged over 25 Receiving jobseeker’s allowance (income based). Receiving income support or main phase employment support allowance (income related) - No deduction from council tax support.

Aged 18 or over and not in paid work (over 16 hours) - Deduction of £4.05 from council tax support.

If the non-dependant is working full time and receives:

Gross weekly income Deducation from council tax support 
Less than £217.00  £4.05 
Between £217.00 - £377.00  £8.25 
Between £377.00 - £469.00  £10.35 
£469.00 or more  £12.40