Calculating benefits

Non-dependants

Most people aged 18 or over and who normally lives in your home are called non-dependants. A non-dependant is expected to pay something towards your housing costs.

If you have a non-dependant living with you, the government tells us if your benefit will be reduced and by how much. This is called a Non-Dependant Deduction.

Please note: your benefit will be reduced even if the people living with you do not contribute to your housing costs.

Weekly Non-Dependant Deductions – from April 2016

£

Aged under 25 and on Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based) or Employment Support Allowance(Income Related) which does not include an amount for the Support Component or Work-related Activity Component

Nil

Aged under 25 and on Universal Credit, without any earned income

Nil

In receipt of Pension Credit

Nil

Aged 25 or over on Income Support or Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based)

or Aged 18 or over and not working

or Aged 18 or over and working less than 16 hours per week

14.65

In receipt of main phase Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)

14.65

Aged 18 or over, working 16 hours a week or more:

gross income less than £133.00

14.65

gross income not less than £133.00 but less than £194.99

33.65

gross income not less than £195.00 but less than £252.99

46.20

gross income not less than £253.00 but less than £337.99

75.60

gross income not less than £338.00 but less than £419.99

86.10

gross income not less than £420.00

94.50

We do not take a non-dependant deduction if you or your partner are:

  • registered blind

  • getting Attendance Allowance

  • getting care component of Disability Living Allowance

  • getting the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment

  • getting Armed Forces Independence Payment

  • aged 65 or over and your non-dependant is a full time student

We do not take a non-dependant deduction if the non-dependant:

  • is a full time student (but only during a period of study or during the summer break if not working 16 hours or more per week)

  • is on work-based training for young people (formerly Youth Training) and getting a training allowance

  • has been in hospital for 52 weeks or longer

  • is in legal custody

  • a member of the armed forces who is away on operations

Please note: this is not a full list