Shropshire Council

Non-dependants

Any non-dependants who live with you can affect the amount of benefit you can get.

A non-dependant is somebody who normally lives with you, but isn't legally dependent on you for financial support. This could include:

  • Adult sons or daughters (aged 18 or over)
  • Other relatives living in your household
  • Anyone else who lives in your household who is not related to you

Is anyone not classed as a non-dependant?

For housing benefit and council tax support purposes, some people don't count as non-dependants, these include:

  • Carers (employed by a charity that makes charges)
  • Joint tenants
  • Sub-tenants
  • Boarders
  • Tenants of owner-occupiers
  • Landlords and their partners

How much is deducted for non-dependants?

The amount we deduct from your benefit depends on the income of your non-dependant(s), whether they're working and how many hours they work each week. It also depends on whether you're of working or pension age.

In cases where you have a non-dependant couple living with you, their gross income will be added together, and one deduction will be made from your benefit.

Weekly deduction figures

The following information shows the weekly deductions for each non-dependant based on different criteria.

Housing benefit deductions

Criteria Weekly benefit deduction
Aged 18 or over, working 16 hours a week or more and earning a gross income of less than £136 per week £14.80
Aged 18 or over, working 16 hours a week or more and earning a gross income of between £136 and £199.99 per week £34
Aged 18 or over, working 16 hours a week or more and earning a gross income of between £200 and £258.99 per week £46.65 
Aged 18 or over, working 16 hours a week or more and earning a gross income of between £259 and £345.99 per week  £76.35
Aged 18 or over, working 16 hours a week or more and earning a gross income of between £346 and £429.99 per week £86.95 
Aged 18 or over, working 16 hours a week or more and earning a gross income of £430 or more  £95.45
In receipt of pension credit  Nil 

Aged 25 or over and receiving

- income support 
- income-based job seekers allowance 
- income-related employment and support allowance in the assessment phase

£14.80 
Aged 18 or over and not in paid work £14.80
In receipt of main phase income-related employment and support allowance (any age) £14.80
In receipt of contributions-based employment and support allowance at any phase (any age)  £14.80

Aged less than 25 and in receipt of

- income support 
- income-based job seekers allowance 
- income-related employment and support allowance in the assessment phase

Nil 

Council tax support scheme - working age only

Criteria Weekly benefit deduction
Aged 18 or over and earning a gross income of less than £100 per week £5
Aged 18 or over and earning a gross income of between £101 and £150 per week £10
Aged 18 or over and earning a gross income of £150.01 and over  £20
Other aged 18 or over, including those receiving contributions-based employment and support allowance at any phase £3.80

Receiving:

- income support
- income-based job seekers allowance
- income-related employment and support

Nil

Council tax support scheme - pension credit age only

Criteria Weekly benefit deduction
Earning a gross income of less than £196.94 per week £3.80
Earning a gross income of between £196.95 and £341.39 per week £7.65
Earning a gross income of between £341.40 and £424.19 per week £9.65
Earning a gross income of £424.40 or more per week £11.55
Those receiving contributions-based employment and support allowance at any phase £3.80
In receipt of pension credit and in paid work Nil

In receipt of pension credit and not in paid work, or receiving:

- income support
- income-based job seekers allowance
- income-related employment and support allowance

Nil

Are deductions always made?

Non-dependant deductions won't be made from your benefit if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You or your partner are registered blind
  • You or your partner receive the care component of disability living allowance or attendance allowance in respect of you or your partner
  • The non-dependant is aged 16-17
  • The non-dependant is a full time student (but deductions may be made during the summer holiday if they are working)
  • The non-dependant is a prisoner
  • The non-dependant normally lives elsewhere
  • The non-dependant has been a patient in hospital for 52 weeks or more
  • The non-dependant is in receipt of pension credit

If you or your partner are aged 65 or over the commencement or increase of a non-dependant deduction may be delayed for 26 weeks if:

  • A non-dependant moves into your household
  • An existing non-dependant has an increase to their income

For more information on non-dependants, please contact the Benefits Service.