Other Household Members

How does the income of other people in my home affect my claim?

  • If someone lives in your household who is aged 18 or over and is not your partner or a dependant child, they are known as a non-dependant.
  • The weekly gross income of the non-dependant(s) will be taken into account when calculating your Housing Benefit and or Council Tax Support
  • The following information shows how much will be deducted from your weekly Housing Benefit and or Council Tax Support based on the non-dependants circumstances and their income.
  • People who live with you on a commercial basis such as a tenant or boarder are treated differently. 
Non Dependant Deductions Housing Benefit from April 2017
Non Dependant Status Amount in £ 
Under 18 years old  0.00
Full-time Students (except during summer vacation if in remunerative work - then as below)  0.00
In receipt of pension credit (guarantee credit and/or savings credit - whether working or not)  0.00
Aged 18 or over but under 25 and receiving Income Support, or Job Seekers Allowance(Income Based) or Universal Credit  0.00
Aged 25 or over and receiving Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based) or Universal Credit 14.80
In receipt of main-phase Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) 14.80
Aged 18 or over not receiving Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)  Pension Credit, and not in remunerative work and not a full time student 14.80
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with a gross income £430 or more 95.45
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with a gross income £346 to £429.99 86.95
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with a gross income £259 to £345.99 76.35
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with a gross income £200 to £258.99 46.65
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with a gross income £136 to £199.99 34.00
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with a gross income less than £136 14.80

 

Pensionable Age Claims Non Dependant Deductions - Council Tax Support from April 2017
Non Dependant Status  Amount in £ 
Under 18 years old  0.00
Full-time Students (except during summer vacation if in remunerative work - then as below)  0.00
In receipt of pension credit (guarantee credit and/or savings credit - whether working or not)  0.00
Aged 18 or over and receiving Income Support, or Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based) or  Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)  0.00
Aged 18 or over and not receiving Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based) or Pension Credit but not in remunerative work and not a full time student  3.80
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with a gross income £424.20 or more  11.55
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with a gross income £341.40 to £424.19  9.65
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with a gross income £196.95 to £341.39  7.65
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with a gross income less than £196.95  3.80
Working Age Claims Non Dependant Deductions Council Tax Support from April 2017
Non Dependant Status Amount in £ 
Under 18 years old  0.00
 Full-time Students (even during summer vacation)  0.00
In receipt of pension credit (whether or not in remunerative work)  0.00
Aged 18 or over and receiving Income Support, or Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based) or Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)  7.00
Aged 18 or over and not receiving Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance(Income Based) or Pension Credit but not in remunerative work and not a full time student  7.00
 Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work  7.00

If the claimant or their partner is aged 65 or over and a non-dependant moves into their property then we will not make any deductions from your benefit for the first 26 weeks. This is also applies if an existing non-dependant’s income increases, which would normally mean an increase in deduction.

When your child finishes school and your child benefit ends a non dependant deduction will apply unless you tell us what your child is doing.  If they do not start college or university straight away and they do not claim Universal Credit, Job Seekers allowance (income based) or Income support we may still apply a non dependant charge.  You must tell us straight away about any changes for your child once they turn 18. 

Are there any exceptions?

If the benefit claimant and/or partner receives the care component of DLA or Attendance Allowance or the daily living component of PIP or is registered blind (or treated as blind) then no deductions will apply to their Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support.

Only one deduction is made for a non-dependant couple. 

There is no deduction made if the non-dependant is a student or an in patient for over 52 weeks and they are also disregarded for Council Tax purposes.

Contact us




0300 123 5013

Benefits Section
Cheshire East Council
PO Box 622
Crewe
Cheshire
CW1 9JH


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