A non-dependant is someone aged 18 or over who normally lives with you such as an adult son or daughter, other relative or a friend.
Housing and Council Tax benefit is reduced for each non-dependant living in your home. For non-dependant couples, the income of both members of the couple are added together to find the total gross income. The reduction in your benefit is called a non-dependant deduction.
There are some exceptions when we will not make a non-dependant deduction.
We do not make a deduction for non-dependants who live with you if you or your partner are:
Or if the non-dependant:
In addition, there is no deduction from Council Tax Support if the non-dependant is:
If you or your partner are aged 65 or over, a deduction could be made if:
The deduction starts or increases 26 weeks after the non-dependant moved in or they have a change in circumstances.
Changes to your circumstances or the circumstances of someone who lives with you may affect your benefit entitlement.
You should report any change in your circumstances as soon as you can. If you do not report a change in your circumstances you may be overpaid benefit.