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Non dependants

What is a non-dependant?

Someone who is over 18 who lives with you is classed as non-dependant.

They can be:

  • relatives
  • friends
  • children who have left school or college and who you no longer get Child Benefit for
  • boarders, sub-tenants and joint tenants

How does it affect my benefits?

We take set amounts off your benefit for them based on their income. Even if they don't give you anything towards your rent, or you don't want to take anything. The law says that we still have to take money off your benefit.

Sometimes this rule doesn't apply. We will not make a charge if:

  • you, or your partner, are receiving Attendance Allowance
  • you, or your partner, are registered blind or have recently regained your sight
  • you, or your partner, receive the care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • you, or your partner, receive the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment
  • your non-dependant is a full-time student, or receives a work based training allowance
  • your non-dependant is in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based), Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related) and are aged under 25 
  • your non-dependant is in receipt of Guarantee Credit or Savings Credit
  • your non-dependant has been in hospital for more than 52 weeks
  • your non-dependant is in prison, or normally lives elsewhere

For Council Tax Reduction purposesonly, if the non-dependant is in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based), Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related) then no deduction will be made, no matter how old they are.

If you have a non-dependant who changes jobs, has an increase or decrease in their earnings or income, receives any state benefits,you need to report this change in circumstance

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