Non-dependant deductions from housing benefit
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 Housing Benefit 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.
- 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 under 25 years of age and in receipt of Income Support or Job Seeker's Allowance(Income Based); or
- is in receipt of Pension Credit; or
- is in receipt of a Work Based Training Allowance.