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Universal credit non-dependant deductions

When your housing costs amount is worked out, a deduction of £75.53 is made for each ‘non-dependant’ living in your home. A non-dependant is someone who normally lives in your home on a non-commercial basis. Typically, an adult son or daughter will be considered to be a non-dependant.

The following people do not count as non-dependants:

Non-dependant deductions are not made if you or your partner are certified as severely sight impaired or blind by a consultant ophthalmologist or are getting one of the following benefits;

  • disability living allowance (DLA) care component at the middle or highest rate;

  • personal independence payment (PIP) daily living component;

  • armed forces independence payment; or

  • attendance allowance, constant attendance allowance or exceptionally severe disablement allowance.

There is no deduction made for a non-dependant if they are under 21, responsible for a child under 5 or in prison. Nor is a deduction made if they get one of the following benefits:

  • carer’s allowance;

  • pension credit;

  • DLA care component at the middle or highest rate;

  • PIP daily living component; 

  • attendance allowance, constant attendance allowance or exceptionally severe disablement allowance; or

  • armed forces independence payment.

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