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What can affect my claim?

The amount of Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support you get will be affected by other people who live with you.

Non-dependants


A non-dependant is someone ages 18 or over who lives with you as part of the family. Non-dependants are usually adult children and other relatives such as elderly parents or friends. They will not be liable for the rent or Council Tax. You will usually get less benefit if you have a non-dependant living with you.

Non-dependant deduction


Most non-dependants will pay some money towards household expenses. This money is not treated as part of your income for benefit/support calculation purposes. Instead, your benefit will be reduced by a fixed amount depending on the gross weekly income your non-dependant has. These are called non-dependant deductions and they are fixed each year by the government. A non-dependant deduction will be taken from both your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.

Non-dependant deductions for Council Tax Support


You must tell us about non-dependants that live with you to avoid being paid too much benefit/support. If you are getting Child Benefit for someone who is 18 you must tell us so that we do not treat them as a non-dependant. You must provide proof of the Child Benefit that you receive.

If your non-dependant is working we will ask for evidence of their income to work out the right non-dependant deduction. You do not have to provide evidence of a non-dependant's income, but if you don't we will take the highest deduction for them.

You must tell us if a non-dependant moves in or out of your home or if their income changes

If your grown up son, daughter or other adult (not a partner) is also a tenant of the property you are claiming for then they must make their own claim for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support. This is because they have their own liability to pay rent and/or Council Tax.

Non-dependent deductions for Council Tax Support for 2020-21

Effective from 01 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

Income/circumstances of non-dependantAmount of deduction
Non Dependant is aged under 18, or a student, or in hospital for more than 52 weeks or disregarded for Council Tax discount purposes (A Youth Training trainee, normal home is an NHS hospital or nursing home/care home, in detention, severely mentally impaired, child benefit paid for, a student nurse, an apprentice, a carer, a school leaver-under 20 and finished a course of education between 30 April and 1 November in the current year - in which case no deduction applies until 1 November onwards).£0.00
Non-Dependant is in receipt of Income Support/Income Based Job Seekers Allowance/Employment & Support Allowance(Income Related)/Universal Credit and not in remunerative work£0.00
Others aged 18 or over and in receipt of Pension Credit and not in remunerative work£0.00
Others aged 18 or over and in receipt of Pension Credit and in remunerative work£4.05
Aged 18 or over and working for less than 16 hours per week or aged 18 or over and not working i.e. in receipt of a benefit like Incapacity Benefit, Contribution Based Jobseekers Allowance, Contribution Based Employment & Support Allowance£4.05

Aged 18 or over and working for 16 hours or more per week and weekly gross pay (before stoppages) plus any other income is:


less than £217.00

between £217.00 - £376.99

between £377.00 - £468.99

£469.00 or more

 

 

£4.05

£8.25

£10.35

£12.40

 

Non-dependant deductions for housing benefit 2020-2021

Effective from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

Income/circumstances of Non-dependantAmount of Deduction
Aged under 18, (or aged under 25 and in receipt of Income Support/Income-BasedJobseeker's Allowance/Employment & Support Allowance assessment phase/Universal Credit not in remunerative work), on a Youth Training course, a Student (except if working full time during the summer vacation), in detention or in hospital for more than 52 weeks£0.00
One of the following applies: a. Aged 25 or over and in receipt of Income Support/Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance. b. Aged 18 or over and working less than 16 hours per week. c. Aged 18 or over and not working - ie, in receipt of a benefit like Incapacity benefit, Contribution Based Job Seekers Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance main phase. d. Aged 18 or over and working 16 hours or more per week but weekly gross pay (before stoppages) plus any other income, is less than £149.00 e. Aged 25 or over on IS/JSA(IB) o£15.85
In receipt of Pension Credit£0.00

Aged 18 or over and working for 16 hours or more per week and weekly gross pay (before stoppages) plus any other income is:

between £149.00 - £216.99

between £217.00 - £282.99

between £283.00 - £376.99

between £377.00 - £468.99

£469.00 and above

 

£36.45

£50.05

£81.90

£93.25

£102.35

 

Second Adult Reduction


If you are the only adult (person aged 18 years or over) in your home you may be entitled to a single person discount. This means that your Council Tax bill is reduced by 25%. This is not a benefit/support.

When a second adult moves into your home you will lose the single person discount and be liable to pay 100% of your Council Tax. If the second adult who moves in is on a low income you may be able to get second adult reduction.

To claim you must complete a new claim form and give us the information about each non-dependant's gross income. A second adult reduction cannot be awarded if you have a partner living with you.

Second adult reduction

Effective from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

Income/circumstances of second adult% Deduction
Second adult on IS, ESA(IR) or JSA(IB), Pension Credit and living with a full time student100%
Second adult(s) in receipt of IS, JSA(IB), ESA(IR), Pension Credit, Universal Credit and not in remunerative work25%
Where gross income of the second adult(s) is: less than £215.0015%
Where gross income of the second adult(s) is:  between £215.00 - £279.007.5%

 

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