How housing benefit is calculated

Non-dependants

All persons over 18 years of age living with you as part of your family are assumed to make a contribution to your housing costs, and therefore a deduction, known as a non-dependant deduction is made from the maximum entitlement in respect of each of those persons.

The non-dependant's income is used to determine the level of deduction made from your benefit. Failure to provide details will result in the highest level of deduction. The lowest level of deduction is made in respect of non-dependants in receipt of state benefits.

The deductions per week for each non-dependent from 1 April 2020 are:

  • Aged 18 or over, not in remunerative work or aged 25 or over and receiving Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance = £15.85
  • Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with gross weekly income of less than £149.00 = £15.85
  • Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with gross weekly income of £149.00 to £216.99 = £36.45
  • Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with gross weekly income of £217.00 to £282.99 = £50.05
  • Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with gross weekly income of £283.00 to £376.99 = £81.90
  • Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with gross weekly income of £377.00 to £468.99 = £93.25
  • Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work with gross weekly income of more than £469.00 = £102.35

There is no deduction for non-dependants under 18, and those on youth training, or those on Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance (income-based), Employment and Support Allowance (assessment phase aged under 25), standard rate Universal Credit without any earned income or in receipt of a Pension Credit and not in remunerative work. No deductions are made in respect of non-dependants if you or your partner is registered blind, in receipt of Attendance Allowance, Care Component of Disability Living Allowance or the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment.