Non-dependant deductions

What is a non-dependant?

A non-dependant is any other adult living in the household other than the claimant or partner, this is often an adult son/daughter or elderly relative.

What are non-dependant deductions?

Non-dependant deductions are made from the claimant's benefit entitlement / reduction as it is believed that other adults in the household should make a contribution towards living expenses where possible. The deductions are made at varying rates depending on the level of the non-dependant's income. The deductions are made regardless of whether or not the non-dependant actually pays anything to the claimant. The tables below show the non-dependant deductions that are made from Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit / Council Tax Reduction, relative to the level of a non-dependant's income.  They also show the circumstances in which no non-dependant deduction is made.

Non-Dependant deductions from Housing Benefit 2013/14

In respect of a non-dependant aged 18 or over, including pensioners not in receipt of Pension Credit, who is remunerative work                       
Gross income £401.00 or more
 
£87.75
In respect of a non-dependant aged 18 or over, including pensioners not in receipt of Pension Credit, who is in remunerative work                 
Gross income £322.00 to £400.99
 
£79.95
In respect of a non-dependant aged 18 or over, including pensioners not in receipt of Pension Credit, who is in remunerative work
Gross income £242.00 to £321.99
 
£70.20
In respect of a non-dependant aged 18 or over, including pensioners not in receipt of Pension Credit, who is in remunerative work
Gross income £186.00 to £241.99
 
£42.90
In respect of a non-dependant aged 18 or over, including pensioners not in receipt of Pension Credit, who is in remunerative work
Gross income £126.00 to £185.99
 
£31.25
 
In respect of a non-dependant aged 18 or over, including pensioners  not in receipt of Pension Credit, who is in remunerative work and gross income is less than £126.00
Or
In respect of a non-dependant not in remunerative work, including pensioners not in receipt of Pension Credit
Or
In respect of a non-dependant aged 25 or over and on Income Support or income based Job Seekers Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (Income Related)
Or
In respect of a non-dependant aged under 25 and in receipt of Employment & Support Allowance (Income Related) main phase
Or
In respect of a non-dependant (any age) in receipt of Employment & Support Allowance (Contribution Rate)
 
 
 
 
£13.60
In receipt of Pension Credit (either Guarantee or Savings Credit), working or otherwise
Or
In respect of a non-dependant aged under 25 in receipt of Employment & Support Allowance (Income Related) assessment phase
Nil

"Remunerative work" is paid work of 16 hours or more per week.

  1. In the case where two non-dependants form a couple, only one deduction is made at the highest rate based upon their total joint income.
  2. There is no deduction for any non-dependant under 25 years on Income Support whether they are single, a lone parent or one of a couple
  3. There is no deduction if the claimant or partner is registered blind or in receipt of Attendance Allowance or Disability Living Allowance Care Component
  4. There is no deduction where a non-dependant has been in hospital for longer than 52 weeks
  5. There is no deduction where a non-dependant is in legal custody.

Non dependant deductions from Council Tax Reduction 2013/14

In respect of a non-dependant aged 18 or over, including pensioners not in receipt of Pension Credit, who is in remunerative work
Gross Income £401.00 more
 
£10.95
 
In respect of a non-dependant aged 18 or over, including pensioners not in receipt of Pension Credit, who is in remunerative work
Gross Income £322.00 to £400.99
 
£9.15
In respect of a non-dependant aged 18 or over, including pensioners not in receipt of Pension Credit, who is in remunerative work
Gross Income £186.00 to £321.99
 
£7.25
 
In respect of a non-dependant aged 18 or over, including pensioners not in receipt of Pension Credit, who is in remunerative work
Gross Income (excluding Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance) less than £186.00
 
£3.65
 
In respect of a non-dependant aged 18 or over, including pensioners not in receipt of Pension Credit, who is not in remunerative work
Or
In respect of a non-dependant aged 18 or over in receipt of Employment & Support Allowance (Contribution based)
 
£3.65
 
Person on a Youth Training Scheme
Students
Patients hospitalised > 52 weeks
Person on Income Support  or income based  Job Seekers Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance (Income Related)
Person disregarded for the purposes of Council Tax
Person who makes payments to claimant on commercial basis
Person jointly liable for Council Tax
In receipt of Pension Credit (either Guarantee or Savings elements), working or otherwise
Nil
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"Remunerative work" is paid work of 16 hours or more per week.
  1. In the case where two non-dependants form a couple, only one deduction is made at the highest rate based upon their total joint income
  2. Where there is more than one liable person in household, non-dependant deductions should be apportioned (shared)
  3. No deduction is made where the claimant or partner is blind, receiving Attendance Allowance or Care Component of Disability Living Allowance.
If an authority is satisfied that an agreement or liability was created to avoid non-dependant deductions, thereby taking advantage of the scheme, deductions should still be made.

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