Non-dependant deductions for Housing Benefit

Non-dependant means any person over 18 who normally lives with you on a non commercial basis such as an adult son, daughter, relative or friend.

We do not treat the following as non dependants:

  • partners
  • boarders
  • sub tenants
  • joint tenants
  • children for whom you still receive child benefit
  • carers who are employed by a charity or voluntary organisation
Can non-dependants claim housing benefit?

Non-dependants cannot claim housing benefit for any payments they make for their keep.

Does the money paid by non-dependants for their keep, count as income for the housing benefit claimant?

No. This money is not treated as the claimant's income, instead a fixed deduction is made from the claimant's entitlement to housing benefit.

Are these deductions related to what a non-dependant pays for their keep?

No. These deductions are fixed sums dependant upon the non-dependant's gross weekly income.

What if the non-dependant pays nothing for their keep?

The non-dependant's deduction is still made from the claimant's entitlement to housing benefit.

What are the levels of deduction?








- gross income more than £430.00 per week95.45- gross income more than £439.00 per week98.30
- gross income £346.00 to £429.99 per week86.95- gross income £354.00 to £438.99 per week89.55
- gross income £259.00 to £345.99 per week76.35- gross income £265.00 to £353.99 per week78.65
- gross income £200.00 to £258.99 per week46.65- gross income £204.00 to £264.99 per week48.05
- gross income £136.00 to £199.99 per week34.00- gross income £139.00 to £203.99 per week35.00
- gross income less than £136.00 per week14.80- gross income less than £139.00 per week15.25
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work   
In receipt of Pension Creditnil nil
In receipt of main phase Employment and Support Allowance (income-related)14.80 15.25

Aged 25 or over and in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (income-based)

or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work

14.80 15.25

Aged under 25 and in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (income-based)  

or Employment and Support Allowance (income-related) which does not include an amount for the support component or work-related activity component