Non-dependants

Adult children or other relatives or friends who live in your home as part of your household are called 'non-dependants'. This does not include boarders, sub-tenants and joint occupiers.

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support are normally reduced by a specified amount for each non-dependant (because it is assumed that they can contribute to household expenses). The amount of the deduction from your benefit is based on the non-dependant's income.

If you cannot give us the non-dependant's income, the maximum deduction will be applied.

Money received from boarders and sub-tenants would be included in the assessment of your income.

Get in touch about benefits

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