Other adults who live with you

If you have other adults living with you, known as non-dependants, they may be expected to make a contribution towards your rent.

This means your support may be reduced, based on their gross income and circumstances.

Non-dependants are adults over the age of 18 years who normally live with you and are not:

  • your partner
  • a joint tenant or owner
  • someone who pays you rent

We will not reduce your support if you are:

  • registered blind
  • receiving Attendance Allowance
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance with the care component
  • receiving the daily living part of Personal Independence Payment
2021/22 deductions - Housing Benefit
Non-dependant's circumstancesHousing Benefit Reduction
Working 16+ hours per week (in remunerative work):  
 - Gross income £469.00 or more £102.85
 - Gross income between £377.00 & £468.99 £93.70
- Gross income between £283.00 & £376.99 £82.30
 - Gross income between £217.00 & £282.99 £50.30
 - Gross income between £149.00 & £216.99 £36.65
 - Gross income less than £149.00 £15.95
In receipt of Pension Credit £Nil
In receipt of Income Support or income-based Job Seeker's Allowance and aged 25 or over £15.95
In receipt of Income Support or income-based Job Seeker's Allowance and aged under 25 £Nil
In receipt of income-related Employment & Support Allowance (assessment phase) £Nil
In receipt of income-related Employment & Support Allowance (main phase) £15.95
In receipt of contribution-based Employment & Support Allowance (assessment or main phase) £15.95
Others not in remunerative work £15.95
2020/21 deductions - Housing Benefit
Non-dependant's circumstancesHousing Benefit Reduction
Working 16+ hours per week (in remunerative work):  
 - Gross income £469.00 or more £102.35
 - Gross income between £377.00 & £468.99 £93.25
 - Gross income between £283.00 & £376.99 £81.90
 - Gross income between £217.00 & £282.99 £50.05
 - Gross income between £149.00 & £216.99 £36.45
 - Gross income less than £149.00 £15.85
In receipt of Pension Credit £Nil
In receipt of Income Support or income-based Job Seeker's Allowance and aged 25 or over £15.85
In receipt of Income Support or income-based Job Seeker's Allowance and aged under 25 £Nil
In receipt of income-related Employment & Support Allowance (assessment phase) £Nil
In receipt of income-related Employment & Support Allowance (main phase) £15.85
In receipt of contribution-based Employment & Support Allowance (assessment or main phase) £15.85
Others not in remunerative work £15.85
2021/22 deductions - Council Tax Support
Non-dependant's circumstancesCouncil Tax Support Amount
Working 16+ hours per week (in remunerative work):  
 - Gross income £469.00 or more £12.45
 - Gross income between £377.00 & £468.99 £10.40
 - Gross income between £217.00 & £376.99 £8.30
 - Gross income less than £216.99 £4.05
In receipt of Pension Credit £Nil
In receipt of Income Support or income-based Job Seeker's Allowance; £Nil
In receipt of income-related Employment & Support Allowance (assessment or main phase) £Nil
In receipt of contribution-based Employment & Support Allowance (assessment or main phase); £4.05
Others not in remunerative work £4.05
2020/21 deductions - Council Tax Support
Non-dependant's circumstancesCouncil Tax Support Amount
Working 16+ hours per week (in remunerative work):  
 - Gross income £469.00 or more £12.40
 - Gross income between £377.00 & £468.99 £10.35
 - Gross income between £217.00 & £376.99 £8.25
 - Gross income less than £216.99 £4.05
In receipt of Pension Credit £Nil
In receipt of Income Support or income-based Job Seeker's Allowance; £Nil
In receipt of income-related Employment & Support Allowance (assessment or main phase) £Nil
In receipt of contribution-based Employment & Support Allowance (assessment or main phase); £4.05
Others not in remunerative work £4.05

A deduction will be taken for each non-dependant living with you. For example, based on 2021/22 figures, if you have two adult children living with you and each child earns more than £469.00 gross per week, the deductions used to work out your benefit calculations are:

  • Housing Benefit: 2 x £102.85 = £205.70
  • Council Tax Support: 2 x £12.45 = £24.90

However, if there is a non-dependant couple living with you, then their joint weekly income is used to calculate the deduction. For example, if your son and his partner live with you and respectively earn £150.00 and £175.00 gross per week their joint gross earnings are £325.00. Based on the figures for 2021/22 the deductions would therefore be £82.30 for Housing Benefit and £8.30 for Council Tax Support.

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