Isle of Wight Council

Housing Benefit - Guidance

Other People Who Live With You


Your Housing Benefit or Local Council Tax Support may be affected if you have non-dependants living in your household. Non-dependants are any person aged 18 or over, for example, an adult son or daughter, a relative or even a friend who lives with you on a non-commercial basis.

A non-dependant does not include:

  • Dependant members of your family such as a partner or child for whom you get child benefit
  • Lodgers or boarders who live with you on a commercial basis
  • Tenants or sub-tenants
  • People who own part or all of your home
  • Professional carers


The government expects non-dependants to contribute towards the running expenses of the household, which includes rent and/or council tax. Many householders receive money from their non-dependants to cover housekeeping costs. However, even if the non-dependant pays little or nothing a standard fixed sum deduction will still be made from the householder's Housing Benefit (HB) and/or Local Council Tax Support (LCTS). These deductions are calculated on the non-dependant's gross income, so it is important to let us know of any changes in that person's income. If their income increases or decreases this may affect the deduction. You can inform us of any changes by emailing, please include your claim number if known.

View a list of Non-Dependant deductions of Housing Benefit

When a non-dependant deduction is not made

Deductions are not made if you or your partner are:

  • Registered blind
  • In receipt of Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) - care component
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - daily living component
  • In receipt of Armed Forces Independence Payments

In addition no deduction is made if the non-dependant is:

  • Aged 25 or under (for Housing Benefit purposes) and receives one of the following; Jobseekers Allowance (income based), Income Support or Employment Support Allowance (Income Related). Please note there is no upper age limit for Council Tax Support in these circumstances
  • Gets a work based training allowance
  • Usually lives somewhere else
  • Has been a hospital inpatient for more than six weeks
  • Is a prisoner or otherwise detained
  • Is in receipt of Pension Credits
  • Is a student - specific rules apply

Please contact us for further information by emailing, please include your claim number if known.