A 'non-dependant' is someone who normally lives with you such as an adult son, daughter, relative or friend. We reduce Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support for each non-dependant living in your home.

Find out more about non-dependant benefit deductions.

Non-dependant deduction rates for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support for previous years:

Housing Benefit deductions

Non-dependant deductions 2016/17 Weekly amount 2017/18 Weekly amount
Aged 25 or over and receiving IS/JSA(IB)/ESA(IR) £14.65 £14.80
Aged 25 or over receiving UC - no earned income £14.65 £14.80
Aged 18 to 24 and receiving IS/JSA(IB)/ESA(IR) (assessment phase) Nil Nil
Aged 18 to 24 receiving ESA(IR) (main phase) £14.65 £14.80
Aged 18 to 24 receiving UC - no earned income Nil Nil
Aged 18 or over, not receiving IS/JSA(IB)/ESA(IR) and not in remunerative work £14.65 £14.80
In receipt of Pension Credit Nil Nil
Person aged less than 18 years - whether in remunerative work or not Nil Nil
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work:    
- gross weekly income of £133.00 or less (£135.99 or less for 2017-18) (with or without UC) £14.65 £14.80
- gross weekly income between £133.00 and £194.99 (£136.00 to £199.99 for 2017-18) (with or without UC) £33.65 £34.00
- gross weekly income between £195.00 and £252.99 (£200.00 to £258.99 for 2017-18) (with or without UC) £46.20 £46.65
- gross weekly income between £253.00 and £337.99 (£259.00 to £345.99 for 2017-18) (with or without UC) £75.60 £76.35
- gross weekly income between £338.00 and £419.99 (£346.00 to £429.99 for 2017-18) (with or without UC) £86.10 £86.95
- gross weekly income of £420.00 or more (£430.00 or more for 2017-18) (with or without UC) £94.50 £95.45

Council Tax Support deductions

Non-dependant deductions 2016/17 Weekly amount 2017/18 Weekly amount
In receipt of state Pension Credit or IS, JSA(IB), or ESA(IR), or UC - no earned income Nil Nil
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work:    
- gross income less than £196.95 (or not in remunerative work) £3.80 £3.80
- gross income between £196.95 and £341.39 £7.65 £7.65
- gross income between £341.40 and £424.19 £9.65 £9.65
- gross income £424.20 or more £11.55 £11.55
Aged under 18 Nil Nil

Fuel and meal deductions

We cannot assist with fuel/meal charges if they are included in your rent; we will therefore deduct these from the rent amount we use to calculate how much Housing Benefit you will receive.

Deductions for ineligible fuel charges

Service charges deducted for fuel 2016/17 Weekly amount 2017/18 Weekly amount
Heating £28.80 £28.80
Hot water £3.35 £3.35
Lighting £2.30 £2.30
Cooking £3.35 £3.35
All fuel £37.80 £37.80
Fuel charges for one room 2016/17 Weekly amount 2017/18 Weekly amount
Heating, lighting and/or hot water £17.23 £17.23
Cooking £3.35 £3.35

Deductions for ineligible meals

3 or more meals a day 2016/17 Weekly amount 2017/18 Weekly amount
Single claimant £26.85 £27.10
Each person in family aged 16 or over £26.85 £27.10
Each child under 16 £13.60 £13.75
Less than 3 meals a day 2016/17 Weekly amount 2017/18 Weekly amount
Single claimant £17.85 £18.05
Each person in family aged 16 or over £17.85 £18.05
Each child under 16 £9.00 £9.10
Breakfast only – claimant and each member of family £3.30 £3.35

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