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Non-dependant deductions from council tax reduction

What are non-dependant deductions?

A non-dependant is a person over 18 years of age that normally lives with the claimant, other than a partner, dependant child, joint tenant, or sub-tenant. The Government assumes that the non-dependant should be making a contribution to the household expenses and, therefore, a deduction is made from a claimant's weekly Council Tax Reduction Scheme award to take this contribution into account. This is known as a non-dependant deduction. The amount of the deduction depends upon the non-dependant's age and income.

No deduction will be made if:

The claimant or partner:

  • is registered blind; or
  • is in receipt of Attendance Allowance; or
  • is in receipt of the care component of Disability Living Allowance; or
  • is in receipt of the Daily Living component of Personal Independence Payments; or
  • receives an Armed Forces Independence Payment .

The non-dependant:

  • is normally resident elsewhere; or
  • is a full time student; or
  • is in legal custody; or
  • has been in hospital for more than six weeks; or
  • is in receipt of assessment phase Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related); or
  • is in receipt of Income Support or Job Seeker's Allowance (Income Based);
  • is in receipt of Pension Credit; or
  • is in receipt of a Work Based Training Allowance.