Non dependant deductions

The level of deduction will depend on the non-dependant's circumstances, for example, whether they are working, the number of hours they work and the level of their earnings. For housing benefit there are six different levels of deductions.

However, there are some circumstances when a deduction will not be taken and these are listed below.

Housing benefit for non-dependants

A non-dependant deduction will not be taken if you or your partner:

  • Are registered or treated as blind 
  • Are receiving the care component of disability living allowance or attendance allowance 
  • Similarly a non-dependant deduction will not be taken if the non-dependant
  • Is on a youth training scheme/receives a work based training allowance 
  • Is a full time student (this may not apply during the summer holiday)
  • Is a prisoner 
  • Has been in hospital for 52 weeks or more 
  • Is under 25 years old and receives income support or job seekers allowance (IB) 
  • Is under 25 years old and has no earned income and is receiving Universal Credit
  • Is under 25 years old and in the assessment phase (first 13 weeks) of employment and support allowance (IR) 
  • Is over 18 years but child benefit is still payable 
  • Or his or her normal home is somewhere else

Non-dependant deductions per week in housing benefit from April 2015. Non-dependant deduction rates and the gross income bands in housing benefit are the same for pensioners and people who are not pensioners.

ND Deductions in housing benefitApril 2015
Aged 25 or over and on IS/JSA(IB), or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work or working less than 16 hours a week, may also be receiving universal credit £14.55
In receipt of main phase ESA(IR) £14.55
In receipt of pension credit Nil
Not in receipt of main phase ESA(IR) rate Nil
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work
Gross income less than £129 £14.55
Gross income not less than £129.00 but less than £189 £33.40
Gross income not less than £189.00 but less than £246 £45.85
Gross income not less than £246.00 but less than £328 £75.05
Gross income not less than £328.00 but less than £408 £85.45
Gross income not less than £408 £93.80
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