Other people living with you

If you have friends, relatives or anyone over 18 living in your home

You may get less Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction. An amount may be taken out of your benefit for each non-dependent who lives in your home.

Non-dependants do not include:

  • Your partner
  • A child you get Child Benefit for
  • People under 18 years old
  • Boarders or Lodgers (see below for further details about these)

No money will be taken out of your benefit for non-dependants if:

  • You get Attendance Allowance
  • You get the care part of Disability Living Allowance (or the daily living component of its replacement Personal Independence Payment)
  • You are registered blind
  • The non-dependant is in full-time education
  • The non-dependant is on a Youth Training Scheme
  • The non-dependant is aged 18-24 and receives Income Support or Jobseekers Allowance (Income-based)

Delayed effect of non-dependent changes for people aged 65 or more

If you or your partner is aged 65 or over and a non-dependent moves in, or there is a change in your non-dependents circumstances which causes an increase in the amount of the deduction, the change in entitlement will not be implemented until 26 weeks after the change actually occurred.

Deductions
Main weekly deductions: Council Tax Reduction Housing Benefit

Aged 25 or over and on IS/JSA(IB), or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work.

in receipt of main phase ESA(IR)

nil £14.55
In receipt of Pension Credit nil nil
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with:
- gross income less than £129
£3.74 £14.55
- gross income £129 to £189
£3.74 £33.40
- gross income £189 to £246
£7.52 £45.85
- gross income £246 to £328
£7.52 £75.05
- gross income £328 to £408
£9.49 £85.45
- gross income £408 and above
£11.36 £93.80

If any of your non-dependants have a total gross income of less than £408 per week, you must supply proof of this. If you do not provide proof, we will have to use the highest amount of deduction.

If two of your non-dependants are partners, that is, they are living together as a married couple, we only take one deduction for them, but we have to use their joint income to work out the amount of the deduction which applies.

Non-dependant children

If any of your non-dependants or boarders/lodgers have children under the age of 18 for whom they receive Child Benefit, you must enter them on the form under the section called 'About other people who live with you', and provide proof of any Child Benefit paid for them.

You must also enter young people aged less than 18 for whom Child Benefit is not payable, but there will be no deduction for these.

Boarders/Sub-tenants

For Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction purposes, a boarder is someone who lives in your home and pays you rent on a commercial basis, and the rent includes a charge for meals, even if you only provide breakfast.

A sub-tenant is someone who lives in your home and pays you rent on a commercial basis, and you do not provide any meals.

If you have a boarder or a sub-tenant, we have to take into account any rent they pay you, as part of your income. The amount we have to use depends on the terms under which they pay you rent, and what services are included in the charge.

If you have any non-dependants, boarders, and/or sub-tenants living with you, you must enter full details on the application form under the section called 'About other people who live with you'.