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Guide to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

Find detailed information about Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support including who is eligible to apply for it.

Published on: 8 December 2020

Last updated: 2 February 2021

Living with others

If you have friends, relatives or anyone over 18 living in your home, you may receive less benefit.

These people are called 'non-dependants' and a set amount may be taken out of your benefit each week for each non-dependant who lives in your home.

Non-dependants do not include:

  • your partner
  • a child you get Child Benefit for
  • people under 18 years old
  • people in full-time education

No money will be taken out of your benefit for non-dependants if:

  • you get Attendance Allowance
  • you get the care part of Disability Living Allowance
  • you get the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment
  • you are registered blind
  • the non-dependant is a paid carer provided by a charitable or voluntary body
  • the non-dependant is under 25 years old, and on Income Support, Income based Jobseeker's Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • the non-dependant is on state pension credit