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Deductions 2016/17

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Non-dependant, meals and fuel charge deductions applicable when calculating housing benefit in 2016/17.

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) as detailed in the table below.

See the Non-dependant deductions page for more information.

Weekly gross income £ per week
£420 or more 94.50
between £338 and £419.99 86.10
between £253 and £337.99 75.60
between £195 and £252.99 46.20
between £133 and £194.99 33.65
under £133 14.65
Other circumstances £ per week
aged between 25 or over and on income support (IS) or income-based jobseeker's allowance (JSA[IB]) 14.65
aged 25 or over and on income-related ESA (ESA[IR]) (assessment phase) 14.65
aged 18 or over and on ESA[IR] (main phase) 14.65
aged between 18 or over and not in paid work 14.65
No deduction made £ per week
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
in hospital for 52 weeks or more Nil
in prison Nil
receives a youth training allowance 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 Service charges under housing benefit for more information.

For each adult aged 16 or over £ per week
Three or more meals a day 26.85
Less than three meals a day 17.85
Breakfast only 3.30
For each child aged under 16 £ per week
Three or more meals a day 13.60
Less than three meals a day 9.00
Breakfast only 3.30

Fuel charge deductions

Housing benefit does not normally 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 Service charges under housing benefit for more information.

Claimant occupies more than one room £ per week
For heating 28.80
For hot water 3.35
For lighting 2.30
For cooking 3.35
Total for all the above 37.80
Claimant occupies one room only £ per week
For heating, hot water and lighting 17.23
For cooking 3.35

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