Back in April 2011, the Government started to increase the amount any non-dependents pay towards rent. This applies to people on housing benefit with anyone living with them over the age of 18 (other than their partner).
The ‘non-dependent’ is expected to make a contribution. The amount they pay will depend on how much they earn. If the ‘non-dependent’ is in receipt of Incapacity Benefit, Contribution Based Job Seekers Allowance, Contributory Employment and Support Allowance, Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance, Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay and Work Based Training Allowance they will still need to make a contribution.
If you or your partner is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, a Care Component, Attendance Allowance or registered blind you will not need to make a non-dependant deduction. The deduction is the amount to be paid to you by a non-dependant. This amount will then be deducted from the amount of housing benefit you receive.