A 'non-dependant' is someone 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.
The Government expects non-dependants to contribute towards the running expenses of the household, which includes rent and/or Council Tax.
Many householders will receive money from their non-dependants to cover housekeeping and other costs. However, even if the non-dependant pays little or nothing, standard fixed-sum deductions must still be made from the householder's Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support.
These deductions are calculated based on the non-dependant's gross income, so it is important to let us know of any changes in that person's income i.e. if the income decreases or increases this may affect the deduction.
It is also important that we are kept up to date with any other changes that occur regarding a non-dependant e.g. if they leave or join the household.
The Housing Benefit deductions from April 2023 are as follows:
|In receipt of Pension Credit||Nil|
|In receipt of main phase ESA(IR)||18.10|
|Not in receipt of main phase ESA(IR)||Nil|
|Aged 25 or over and on IS/JSA(IB)/ESA (IR) or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work||18.10|
|Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work|
|- gross income less than £162.00||18.10|
|- gross income not less than £162.00 but less than £236.00||41.60|
|- gross income not less than £236.00 but less than £308.00||57.10|
|- gross income not less than £308.00 but less than £410.00||93.40|
|- gross income not less than £410.00 but less than £511.00||106.35|
|- gross income £511.00 or more||116.75|
The Council Tax Support deductions from April 2023 are as follows:
|In receipt of Pension Credit, IS, JSA(IB) or ESA(IR)||Nil|
|others aged 18 or over||4.60|
|gross income less than £236.00||4.60|
|gross income not less than £236.00 but less than £410.00||9.40|
|gross income not less than £410.00 but less than £511.00||11.80|
|gross income greater than £511.00||14.15|
ESA (IR) = Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
IS = Income Support
JSA = Job Seekers Allowance (Income based)