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 2017/18 Weekly amount 2018/19 Weekly amount
Aged 25 or over and receiving IS/JSA(IB)/ESA(IR) £14.80 £15.25
Aged 25 or over receiving UC - no earned income £14.80 £15.25
Aged 18 to 24 and receiving IS/JSA(IB)/ESA(IR) (assessment phase) Nil Nil
Aged 18 to 24 receiving ESA(IR) (main phase) £14.80 £15.25
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 £14.80 £15.25
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 £135.99 or less (£139.00 or less for 2018-19) (with or without UC) £14.80 £15.25
- gross weekly income between £136.00 and £199.99 (£139.00 to £203.99 for 2018-19) (with or without UC) £34.00 £35.00
- gross weekly income between £200.00 and £258.99 (£204.00 to £264.99 for 2018-19) (with or without UC) £46.65 £48.05
- gross weekly income between £259.00 and £345.99 (£265.00 to £353.99 for 2018-19) (with or without UC) £76.35 £78.65
- gross weekly income between £346.00 and £429.99 (£354.00 to £438.99 for 2018-19) (with or without UC) £86.95 £89.55
- gross weekly income of £430.00 or more (£439.00 or more for 2018-19) (with or without UC) £95.45 £98.30

Council Tax Support deductions

Non-dependant deductions 2017/18 Weekly amount 2018/19 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 can't assist with fuel/meal charges if they're included in your rent. We therefore deduct these from the rent amount we use to calculate how much Housing Benefit you'll receive.

Deductions for ineligible fuel charges

Service charges deducted for fuel 2017/18 Weekly amount 2018/19 Weekly amount
Heating £28.80 £30.30
Hot water £3.35 £3.50
Lighting £2.30 £2.40
Cooking £3.35 £3.50
All fuel £37.80 £39.70
Fuel charges for one room 2017/18 Weekly amount 2018/19 Weekly amount
Heating, lighting and/or hot water £17.23 £18.10
Cooking £3.35 £3.50

Deductions for ineligible meals

3 or more meals a day 2017/18 Weekly amount 2018/19 Weekly amount
Single claimant £26.85 £27.90
Each person in family aged 16 or over £26.85 £27.90
Each child under 16 £13.60 £14.15
Less than 3 meals a day 2017/18 Weekly amount 2018/19 Weekly amount
Single claimant £17.85 £18.60
Each person in family aged 16 or over £17.85 £18.60
Each child under 16 £9.00 £9.35
Breakfast only – claimant and each member of family £3.30 £3.45

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