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Housing benefit changes from 1 April 2011: Reduced payments for non-dependents

If you share your home with any adults who are not dependent on your such as adult children, parents, relatives and friends your local housing allowance could be reduced as it is expected that they should contribute towards your housing costs, whether they do or not.

Common examples of when this could affect your housing benefit payment are:

  • Full-time students
  • Pensioners who are claiming pension credit
  • Under-25 and claiming jobseeker's allowance

Housing benefit payments reduced for non-dependent deductions

From April 2011, non-dependent deductions will be increased, and your local housing allowance will be reduced as a result from April 2011. This means the more non-dependents you have who live with you the greater the deduction in your housing benefit payment.

It is expected that these non-dependent would contribute to their housing costs. You might need to ask the other adults in your home to contribute more towards your rent to compensate the reduction in your housing benefit.



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