Do you live with a non-dependent, such as a grown-up child or an elderly relative? Make sure you're claiming all the benefits to which you're entitled.

A non-dependant is a person who lives with you but is not liable for paying rent under a formal arrangement.

If you live with a non-dependant your housing benefit, universal credit housing element and council tax reduction may be reduced through rules on non-dependant deductions. In universal credit these are called housing cost contributions.

Who counts as a non-dependant?

A non-dependant is a person who:

  • resides with you; and
  • is over 18; and
  • is not your partner or dependent child; and
  • is not liable for paying the rent (or council tax for council tax support/reduction)

Universal credit

Under universal credit rules, there is a flat rate contribution (deduction) each month regardless of the non-dependant’s income, for 2023/24 this is £85.73 a month.

There will be no contribution expected of non-dependants who are under 21, there will also be no contribution expected of non-dependants who are 21 or over and:

  • receiving pension credit
  • receiving the care component of disability living allowance at the middle or highest rate
  • receiving the daily living component of personal independence payment
  • receiving attendance allowance
  • receiving carer’s allowance
  • the primary carer for a child aged 4 or under

Housing benefit

When calculating housing benefit, the rate of non-dependant deduction depends on whether the non-dependant is a student or claims benefits (and which one), or works more than 16 hours a week and, if so, their gross income.

You can find out more about what this may mean for you and further information about exemptions here.

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