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


Tel: 01785 619478
Fax: 01785 619219
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