What is a non-dependant?
Someone who is over 18 who lives with you is classed as non-dependant. They can be:
- 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
- are registered blind or have recently regained your sight
- receive the care component of Disability Living Allowance
- receive the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment
Or the non-dependant:
- is a full-time student, or receives a work based training allowance
- is in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based), Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related) and are aged under 25
- is in receipt of Guarantee Credit or Savings Credit
- has been in hospital for more than 52 weeks
- is in prison or normally lives elsewhere
For Council Tax Reduction purposes only, 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.