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Deductions 2009/10

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Non-dependant, meals and fuel charge deductions applicable when calculating housing benefit in 2009/10.

Non-dependant deductions

It is assumed that a non-dependant adult living with the claimant will make contributions towards the rent, whether such contributions are made or not, and therefore housing benefit is reduced by an amount as set out below. Deductions are made per each non-dependant adult (ie son, daughter, friend or relative living with the claimant) aged 18 or over and working 16 hours or more per week with a weekly gross income and/or in the circumstances as detailed in the table below. See the Non-dependant deductions page for more information about the rules for calculating housing benefit.

Weekly gross income £ per week
£382 or more 47.75
Between £306 and £381.99 43.50
Between £231 and £305.99 38.20
Between £178 and £230.99 23.35
Between £120 and £177.99 17.00
Under £120 7.40
Other circumstances £ per week
On main phase of employment and support allowance (ESA) 7.40
Aged 25 or over and on income support 7.40
Aged 25 or over and on income-based job seekers allowance (JSA[IB]) 7.40
Aged 25 or over and on income-related ESA (ESA[IR]) 7.40
Aged 18 or over and not in work 7.40
Non-pension credit pensioner not in work 7.40
Under 25 and on income support Nil
Under 25 and on JSA[IB] Nil
Under 25 and on ESA (assessment phase) Nil

NB: No deductions are made for non-dependants in receipt of pension credit or aged under 18.

Meals deductions

Housing benefit does not cover charges for meals. If these are included in the rent, a deduction is made from the claimant's rent when calculating housing benefit. If known, the actual amount of the charges is deducted; otherwise the fixed weekly amounts as set out below are deducted. See the Eligible rent and rent restrictions section for more information.

For each adult aged 16 or over £ per week
At least three meals a day 22.95
Less than three meals a day 15.25
Breakfast only 2.80
For each child aged under 16 £ per week
At least three meals a day 11.60
Less than three meals a day 7.65
Breakfast only 2.80

Fuel charge deductions

Housing benefit does not cover water rates, fuel costs or certain other services. If these are included in the rent, a deduction is made from the claimant's rent when calculating housing benefit. If known, the actual amount of the charges is deducted; otherwise the fixed weekly amounts as set out below are deducted. See the Eligible rent and rent restrictions section for more information.

Claimant occupies more than one room £ per week
For heating 21.55
For hot water 2.50
For lighting 1.75
For cooking 2.50
Total for all the above 28.30
Claimant occupies one room only £ per week
For heating, hot water and lighting 12.90
For cooking 2.50

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