A non-dependant is a person over 18 years of age, who normally lives with the claimant for example adult son or daughter, elderly relative, friend.
The levels of deduction are set by the Government and are meant to reflect how much the Government feels that each non-dependant should contribute to the household bills.
These are fixed amounts and are applied even if the non-dependant contributes nothing to the claimant.
No deduction will be made in respect of a non-dependant if the claimant and/or partner are registered blind, in receipt of Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care component, daily living component of PIP and Armed Forces independence payment.
If you or your partner are aged 65 or more, then if the impact of a non-dependant moving in results in a decrease to your benefit, the change is delayed for 26 weeks.
If a change results in an increase to your benefit then it applies immediately.
We work out non-dependant deductions that would apply as if they were single claimants. Only one deduction is taken and that is the higher of the two.
However, if one of the couple is working, we add the joint income together to decide which level of deduction to make.
The amount of deduction depends on the non-dependant's gross income and whether they are in remunerative work.
|Criteria||Housing Benefit||Council Tax Reduction|
|Aged 18+ in remunerative work:|
|Gross income of £439 or more per week||98.30||12.25|
|Gross income of £354 to £438.99 per week||89.55||10.25|
|Gross income of £265 to £353.99 per week||78.65||8.10|
|Gross income of £204 to £264.99 per week||48.05||8.10|
|Gross income of £139 to £203.99 per week||35.00||4.05|
|Gross Income less than £139 per week||15.25||4.05|
|Aged under 25 on IS, JSA/IB, ESA/IR||Nil||Nil|
|Aged 25 or over on IS, JSA/IB||15.25||Nil|
|On Pension Credit:|
|On Pension Credit and in remunerative work||Nil||Nil|
|On Pension Credit and not in remunerative work||Nil||Nil|
|Aged 18 or over, not working and not in receipt of Pension Credit||15.25||4.05|
|In receipt of Main Phase ESA/IR||15.25||-|
The level of non-dependant deduction will be shown on your benefit notification letter.
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