Other adults or non-dependants are expected to contribute to the cost of the rent or council tax according to their income.

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Who counts as a non dependant adult

Deductions may be made from Housing Benefit (HB) or Council Tax Support (CTS) if a claimant has other adults living with them. These other adults are known as non dependants.

Non-dependent adults are adults who live with a claimant as part of their household. By household we mean people who live with the claimant and do not have their own liability to pay rent to the claimant or the landlord of the property. They will often share living rooms and meals with the claimant.

Non dependants do not include:

  • your partner,
  • young adults aged 16-17, that the claimant gets child benefit for
  • joint tenants,
  • the landlord;
  • other tenants in the property who have their own tenancy agreement
  • or people who rent a room from the claimant under a commercial agreement (lodgers, sub-tenants or boarders).

How non-dependants affect your claim for HB and CTS

Non-dependant deductions are made depending on their gross income before tax and national insurance, and the average hours they work. The deductions are lower if the non-dependant is getting Income Support , income related Employment and Support Allowance, income based Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit. No deduction applies for any non-dependant getting Pension Credit.

If the circumstances of any non-dependant changes then claimants must tell us about the change straight away. See Reporting changes for more information.

Non dependant deduction rates

Use the table below as a guide to non-dependant deductions from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017:

Non-dependant’s circumstances Housing Benefit non-dependant deduction 2019-2020          Council Tax Support non-dependant deduction 2019-2020         

Aged less than 18 (dependant)

£0.00

£0.00

Student in their term-time

£0.00

£0.00

Aged 18 to 24 years on Income Support or income based Jobseekers Allowance

£0.00

£0.00

Aged 25 or more on Income Support or income based Jobseekers Allowance

£15.60

£0.00

Aged 18 or more working less than 16 hours per week or gross income less than £143.00

£15.60                 

£4.00   Gross income less than £207.70 per week

Aged 18 or more working 16 hours per week or more and gross income £143.00 to £208.99

£35.85

£4.00   Gross income less than £207.70 per week.

Aged 18 or more working 16 hours per week or more and gross income £209.00 to £271.99

£49.20

£8.10   Gross income between £207.70 and £360.09 per week.

Aged 18 working 16 hours per week or more and gross income £272.00 to £362.99

£80.55

£8.10   Gross income between £207.70 and £360.09 per week.

Aged 18 working 16 hours per week or more and gross income £363.00 to £450.99

£91.70

£10.20  Gross income between £360.10 and £447.39 per week.

Aged 18 or more working 16 hours per week or more and gross income £451.00 or greater

£100.65

£12.20   gross income £447.40 or greater per week.

Aged 18 or more and not working or working less than 16 hours per week

£15.60

£4.00

Aged under 25 and on assessment phase of income related Employment and Support Allowance

£0.00

£0.00

Aged 25 or over and on income related Employment and Support Allowance

£15.60

£0.00

On assessment phase of income related Employment and Support Allowance

£0.00

£0.00

On contribution based Employment and Support Allowance

£15.60

£4.00

Aged under 25 on Universal Credit and no earned income

£0.00

£0.00

Aged under 25 on Universal Credit and working

See gross income bands above

See gross income bands above

Aged 25 and over on Universal Credit and no earned income

£15.60

£0.00

Aged 25 and over on Universal Credit and working

See gross income bands above

See gross income bands above

Where no deduction is made

If you or your partner is registered blind, or receiving attendance allowance or the care component of disability living allowance or the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), no non-dependant deduction is made.

See also

Contact us

Merton Benefits Service
PO Box 610
Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Morden
SM4 5ZT

Email: housing.benefits@merton.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8274 4903
Fax: 020 8545 3960