Non-dependent charges

Non-Dependent Deductions, or NDD, are direct deductions from your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit Housing Costs as a result of certain groups of non-dependents living in your home.

Non-dependents are people who normally share your accommodation but are not dependent on you for financial support. Others who live with you as a family and any children you have fostered do not count as non-dependents. Anyone who has a NDD on their Housing Benefit or Universal Credit Housing Cost award will need to make up this shortfall in their rent each week.

You may be able to ask for Discretionary Housing Payments to help you to meet the shortfall in your rent. Contact our Welfare Benefits Officers if you are affected by NDD and require support to make up the shortfall.

The current levels of NDD for this year (2017/18) for Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Housing Cost are as follows:

Key: IS – Income Support; JSA – Job Seekers Allowance; ESA – Employment & Support Allowance; UC – Universal Credit

Housing Benefit

If you receive Housing Benefit the following charges will be applied weekly.

Aged 25 or over in receipt of IS, JSA or UC £14.80
In receipt of main phase ESA £14.80

Aged 18 or over in paid work and gross income:

Less than £136.00 £14.80
£136.00 to £199.99 £34.00
£200.00 to £258.99 £46.65
£259.00 to £345.99 £76.35
£346.00 to £429.99 £86.95
More than £430.00 £95.45

Universal Credit Housing Costs 

If you receive Universal Credit Housing Costs the following charges will be applied monthly.

Aged over 21 in receipt of JSA, ESA, IS, UC or any earned income £70.06

If you are affected by NND and need help to apply for DHP you can speak to your Housing Officer or contact us on 0800 013 2196 or complete our online form.