Universal credit: Housing cost contributions
What are housing cost contributions?
Housing costs contributions are set deductions from your universal credit housing element.
The DWP will reduce your housing element if:
other adults live with you on an informal basis
they are expected to contribute to your rent under the rules
Adults who are expected to contribute to your rent are called 'non dependants' by the DWP.
A set deduction is made even if your relative or friend doesn't pay anything to live with you, or contributes a different amount.
How much is the deduction?
A monthly deduction of £75.53 is made for each non dependant adult who lives with you.
You rent your council home is £400 per month. Your adult son lives with you and counts as a non dependant.
The amount of universal credit housing element you get is:
£400 – £75.53 = £324.47
You may need to ask your friend or relative to contribute if the deduction means you have a rent shortfall.
When the DWP must not make the deduction
The DWP must not make the deduction if you, your partner or your non dependant get any of the following disability benefits:
PIP - daily living component
DLA - middle or high rate care component
The DWP must not make a deduction for a non dependant who is:
responsible for a child under 5
getting pension credit or carers allowance
a child or stepchild in the armed forces and away on operations
Last updated: 10 October 2021