What is a Non-Dependant?
A non dependant is someone who normally lives with the housing and/or council tax benefit claimant such as an adult son, daughter, relative or friend.
Boarders, sub-tenants and joint tenants are not non-dependants because they have a legally binding and commercial agreement to pay rent.
Can Non-Dependants Claim Housing and/or Local Council Tax Reduction?
Non-dependants cannot claim housing benefit and / or local council tax reduction because they do not have a legally binding agreement to pay rent or council tax. An amount that a non dependant may pay for their keep is not considered to be "legally binding".
Does the money paid by Non-Dependants for their keep, count as income for the claimant?
No. This money is not treated as the claimant's income. Instead a fixed deduction is made from the claimant's entitlement to housing and / or local council tax reduction. The amount of this deduction is dependant upon the non dependant's circumstances. Generally the more income a non dependant receives the higher the deduction.
What if the Non-Dependant pays nothing for their keep?
The amount of any deduction is based upon the non dependant's circumstances not on the amount paid. If the non dependant pays nothing, a deduction based upon their circumstances will still apply.
What are the Levels of Deduction?
This leaflet has more information on the levels of non-dependant deductions.
Are there any exceptions?
Yes. No deduction applies for any non-dependant if the housing and / or council tax benefit claimant or any partner is:-
- registered Blind
- in receipt of Severe Disablement Allowance
- in receipt of the care component of Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance
- in receipt of Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance
or if the non-dependant:-
- is under 18
- is under 25 and on Income Support / Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
- is on a Youth Training Scheme
- is a full time student
- normally lives elsewhere
For further information about non dependants please contact our benefit helpline number on 01785 619478 or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org