What's happening and will you be affected?

A non dependant is someone who normally lives with the housing benefit claimant such as an adult son or daughter, relative or friend.

If someone in your home is over 18, not in full time education, works or claims benefit, they will be expected to pay a contribution to your rent. Your housing benefit will be cut in line with this expected contribution.

  • Once a household member reaches the age of 18, they are no longer classed as part of a claiment's family for benefit purposes
  • Resident adults who share accomodation with a claimant, but who are not reliant on the claiment for financial support, are classed as non-dependants
  • Housing benefit is reduced for every non-dependant adult residing with a claimant. Non-dependants will be counted for purposes of assessing under-occupation
  • There are six different non-dependant deduction rates: a zero rate, a lower rate and four higher rates. The four higher rates only apply where the non-dependant works at least 16 hours per week and are graded according to the non-dependants income
  • The zero rate applies where the non-dependant is

- on state pension credit
- aged 25 or over and on income support or income based jobseeker's allowance or the assessment phase of income-related employment support allowance
- a full time student during term time

  • The lower rate charge applies in all other cases where the non-dependant works less than 16 hours per week, including all others not covered by the zero rate charge that are not in employment



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