If you claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support, an adult who lives with you (who is not your partner) will be treated as a non-dependant and deductions may be made.
Who is a non-dependant?
A non-dependant is someone, other than your partner, aged over 18 who lives with you.
- elderly relatives
- adult sons or daughters that you no longer receive Child Benefit for.
Non-dependants do not include:
- your partner
- a dependant member of your family, for example a son or daughter aged 0 to 17
- an adult son or daughter aged 18 or 19 who is further education
- a lodger or boarder
- a tenant or sub-tenant
- a joint occupier, for example, a joint owner or joint tenant
- a professional carer.
What is non-dependant deduction?
If you are claiming Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support, we will need to know if you have non-dependants living with you in your household.
If you have non-dependants living in your household, we will reduce your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support by a certain amount for each non-dependant. This is called non-dependant deduction.
A non-dependant deduction is applied to a claimant's benefit because it is expected they would normally contribute towards household expenses, which includes rent and Council Tax. Deductions are therefore made from benefit in recognition of the payment the non-dependant person should be making.
You may wish to take this deduction into consideration when you decide how much each non-dependant should contribute towards household expenses.
Reporting changes of circumstances
If you do not report changes of circumstances straight away, you may be overpaid entitlement or you may lose entitlement.
You can report changes in your and your non-dependant's circumstances online.