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Non Dependent Deductions and how they can affect your benefits.

  • thehaveringdaily.co.uk

Havering Welfare Benefits adviser Lorraine Moss today writes in the Havering Daily: 

Last week we looked at what happens to your benefits when your children leave school/further education.  This week I thought it would be good to look at non dependent deductions.  This can affect you when one of your grown-up children move back home, reach a certain age and when they start working full time. 

Universal Credit – A non-dependent is usually a grown-up son of daughter.   A partner, joint tenant or lodger is not classed as a non-dependent. With Universal Credit there is a flat rate of £75.53 per month for each non dependent over 21 that lives in your property with you.  This is usually deducted from the Housing Element 

There will be no non-dependent deductions if you or your partner are: ● certified as severely sight impaired or blind,● receive the care component of Disability Living Allowance (Mid rate or High rate),  ● Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance● , Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance,● The Daily Living Element of Personal independence Payment (PIP)● Armed Forces Independence Payment

Non-dependants exempt from deductions

No housing cost contribution is deducted if the non-dependant is:[3]● aged under 21● in receipt of pension credit● in receipt of the care component of disability living allowance (middle or highest rate), attendance allowance, the daily living component of personal independence payment or they are entitled to one of these payments, but aren’t receiving it as a consequence of receiving support under other legislation● in receipt of carer’s allowance● a prisoner● a carer of a child aged under 5● a child or step-child in the Armed Forces

Housing Benefit (Source 2021/22 rates for non-dependant deductions from housing help | Housing Rights )

Housing Benefit

No deduction is made for any adult who is● under 25 and receiving income support, income-based jobseekers allowance, or universal credit where they have no earned income● receiving pension credit● a full-time student, (unless they are working at least 16 hours during holidays)

The amount that will be deducted for other adults depends on their weekly income. 

Non dependant’s circumstances

Weekly deduction

Aged 25 and over in receipt of Income Support and income-based JSA,

15.95

Any age in receipt of main phase income-related ESA

15.95

Earning less than £149 per week

15.95

Earning between £149 and £216.99

36.65

Earning between £217 and £282.99

50.30

Earning between £282 and £376.99

82.30

Earning between £377 and £468.99

93.70

Earning more than £469

102.85

There will be no non-dependent deductions if you or your partner are: ● certified as severely sight impaired or blind,● receive the care component of Disability Living Allowance (Mid rate or High rate),  ● Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance● , Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance,● The Daily Living Element of Personal independence Payment (PIP)● Armed Forces Independence Payment

Council Tax Benefit

You would also be subject to a non-dependent deduction in your council tax.  The amount that is deducted varies depending on the council.  Please see below this is from The Hovering Council website;

Non-dependant deductions A non-dependant deduction is an amount of council tax that is due from the CTS claimant because there is another adult (non-dependant), who is not the claimant’s partner, living in the household who receives an income. This reduces the amount of CTS a claimant will receive which is described in paragraph 30A of the 2020 scheme as follows:

(1) Subject to the following provisions of this regulation, the non-dependant deductions in respect of a day referred to in regulation 29A (maximum council tax benefit) shall be— (a) in respect of a non-dependant aged 18 or over in remunerative work, £20.00 x 1/7; Assessment of Needs minus (Assessment of Income + Assessment of Capital) Excess Income Weekly Eligible Council Tax Any non-dependant deductions LESS LESS 20% of excess income (also known as taper) EQUALS Weekly CTB Calculating CTS

(b) in respect of a non-dependant aged 18 or over to whom sub-paragraph (a) does not apply, £6.00 × 1/7. (2) In the case of a non-dependant aged 18 or over to whom paragraph (1)(a) applies, where it is shown to the appropriate authority that his normal gross weekly income is— (a) Less than £217.00, the deduction to be made under this regulation shall be that specified in paragraph (1) (b); (b) Not less than £217.00 but less than £377.00, the deduction to be made under this regulation shall be £9.00; (c) Not less than £377.00 but less than £469.00, the deduction to be made under this regulation shall be £15.00.

For more information you can call Havering Council on 01708 434343. 

Important 

Please remember that you must inform the DWP or local council if your circumstances change. Failure to so could result in an overpayment and in some cases an investigation.

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