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Deductions 2014/15

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Non-dependant, meals and fuel charge deductions applicable when calculating housing benefit in 2014/15.

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
£406 or more 91.15
Between £326 and £405.99 83.05
Between £245 and £325.99 72.95
Between £188 and £244.99 44.55
Between £128 and £187.99 32.45
Under £128 14.15
Other circumstances £ per week
Aged between 25 and pension age and on income support (IS) or income-based jobseeker's allowance (JSA[IB]) 14.15
On contributory employment and support allowance (ESA[C]) 14.15
Aged between 25 or over and on income-related ESA (ESA[IR]) 14.15
Aged under 25 and on ESA[IR] (main phase) 14.15
Aged between 18 and pension age and not in work 14.15
Non-pension credit pensioner not in work 14.15
Aged under 25 and on IS or JSA[IB] Nil
Aged under 25 and on ESA[IR] (assessment phase) Nil
Aged under 18 Nil
In receipt of pension credit Nil

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 26.55
Less than three meals a day 17.65
Breakfast only 3.25
For each child aged under 16 £ per week
At least three meals a day 13.45
Less than three meals a day 8.90
Breakfast only 3.25

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 27.55
For hot water 3.20
For lighting 2.20
For cooking 3.20
Total for all the above 36.15
Claimant occupies one room only £ per week
For heating, hot water and lighting 16.48
For cooking 3.20

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