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2021/22 rates for non-dependant deductions from housing help

A deduction is usually made from the amount of help a person gets towards their rent if there are non-dependants living in that person's home. This can occur if, for example, an adult child is living with a parent or guardian. It is expected that this adult child, or other non-dependant, will make up the difference towards the household's rent. 

The deduction is a flat rate for people receiving universal credit. The amount deducted from housing benefit claims depends on the circumstances and income of the non-dependant. 

A deduction should not be taken if the person claiming benefits receives certain disability benefits.

The rates for 2021/22 are set out below. 

Universal Credit

No deduction is made for any adult who is

  • under 21
  • currently in prison
  • responsible for a child under 5
  • getting pension credit or carers allowance
  • a child or grandchild currently serving on operations in the armed forces. 

£75.53 per month is deducted for all other non-dependants.

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

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This article was written on 31 March 2021. It should not be relied on as a statement of the current law or policy position. For help with housing issues please contact our helpline on 028 9024 5640 or use our online chat service at www.housingadviceNI.org.