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, i.e. 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, i.e. a joint owner.
- 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.
For a list of Non-Dependant deductions of Housing Benefit for 2019/20 please click here (PDF 204KB, 1 page)
For Non-Dependant deductions of Local Council Tax Support 2019/20 please click here (PDF 52KB, 1 page)
It is also important we are kept up to date with any other changes that occur regarding a non-dependant. You can do this by emailing us at email@example.com (please include your claim number if known).
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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org (please include your claim number if known).