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A non-dependant is normally any adult who lives with you and is not your partner. In some cases we make a deduction from your housing benefit to represent the contribution the government expects them to make to your household. This is called a non-dependant deduction.
The non-dependant deduction is taken from the maximum housing benefit before we work out how much help we can give you with the remaining amount.
The table below shows the housing benefit non-dependant deduction amounts for April 2017 to March 2018.
The table below shows the Council Tax support non-dependant deduction amounts for April 2017 to March 2018.
We do not make a deduction for any non-dependant if you or your partner are:
We do not make a deduction from either Housing Benefit or from Council Tax Support if the non-dependant is:
We do not make a deduction from Council Tax Support if the non-dependent:
An apprentice is in employment to learn a trade, profession, business or similar and studying for an accredited qualification and paid no more than £195 per week before deductions for tax and insurance.
We only take one deduction, we take the higher of the deductions which apply and don't count the other partner. If both partners are working we add their incomes together and base the deduction on their joint income.
If you or your partner are aged 65 or over and neither is getting Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income-related Employment Support Allowance, we delay making a non-dependant deduction from Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.
If a new non-dependant moves in (and the rules say we must make a deduction for them), we don't make the deduction until 26 weeks have passed; or
If your non-dependant has a change that means we must start making a deduction, or make a bigger deduction, we don't make the deduction until 26 weeks have passed.
However, if your non-dependant has a change that means we should make a smaller deduction, so that you get more benefit, we do this straightaway, as long as you tell us promptly.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.