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Deductions and Dependency Increases
Applied to Benefits in the UK for 2015 to 2016

From The Department for Work and Pensions - DWP

This page gives the deductions and dependency increases for the year April 2014 to 2015 and April 2015 to 2016 applied to benefits, allowances and work in the UK. These amounts are determined by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Note: The DWP new proposed benefit rates from April 2016 to 2017 should be released in December 2016

Non-dependant deductions

People who normally share your accommodation but are not dependent on you for financial support are known as non-dependants. Others who live with you as a family and any children you have fostered do not count as non-dependants.

Any non-dependants who normally share your accommodation could affect the amount of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support you get whether or not you are also getting Income Support, income-based JSA or Pension Credit.

In the June 2010 Budget, the Chancellor announced that the amount of Non-Dependant Deductions ( or NDDs) would be increased over the following three years to match the level they would have been had they not been frozen since April 2001. Restoring the level is intended to mean a fairer deal for taxpayers and provide an expectation that adults make a reasonable contribution towards their housing costs.

So, in the third and final of these uprating rounds to achieve this, both NDD rates and income bandwiths were increased from April 2013 by an average of 19%. The increase from the 1st April 2015 will be inline with other changes to Social Security increases

DEDUCTIONS - rules common to Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit and Housing Benefit unless stated otherwise

2014/15 (£) Weekly

2015/16 (£) Weekly
Non-dependant deductions from housing benefit and from IS, JSA(IR), ESA(IR) and Pension Credit
aged 25 and over in receipt of IS and JSA(IR),
or any age in receipt of main phase ESA(IR),
aged 18 or over, not in remunerative work


aged 18 or over and in remunerative work:

- gross income: less than £129 14.15 14.55
- gross income: £129 to £188.99 32.45 33.40
- gross income: £189 to £245.99 44.55 45.85
- gross income: £246 to £327.99 72.95 75.05
- gross income: £328 to £407.99 83.05 85.45
- gross income: £408 and above 91.15 93.80
Deductions from housing benefit
Service charges for fuel
heating 27.55 28.80
hot water 3.20 3.35
lighting 2.20 2.30
cooking 3.20 3.35
Amount ineligible for meals
three or more meals a day:
single claimant 26.55 26.85
each person in family aged 16 or over 26.55 26.85
each child under 16 13.45 13.60
less than three meals a day
single claimant 17.65 17.85
each person in family aged 16 or over 17.65 17.85
each child under 16 8.90 9.00
breakfast only - claimant and each member of the family 3.25 3.30
Amount for personal expenses (not HB) 23.75 24.00
Third party deductions from IS, JSA(IR), ESA(IR) and Pension Credit for;
arrears of housing, fuel and water costs
council tax etc. and deductions for ELDS and ILS.
3.65 3.70
child support, contribution towards maintenance (CTM)
standard deduction 7.30 7.40
lower deduction 3.65 3.70
arrears of Community Charge
court order against claimant 3.65 3.70
court order against couple 5.70 5.75
fine or compensation order
standard rate 5.00 5.00
lower rate 3.65 3.70
Maximum deduction rates for recovery of overpayments (not
Ordinary overpayments 10.95 11.10
Fraud Overpayments 18.25 18.50
Deductions from JSA(C) and ESA (C)
Arrears of Comm. Charge & overpayment recovery
Age 16 - 24 19.11 19.30
Age 25 + 24.13 24.36
Arrears of Council Tax & Fines  
Age 16 - 24 22.94 23.16
Age 25 + 28.96 29.24
Max. dedn for arrears of Child Maintenance  
Age 16 - 24 19.11 19.30
Age 25 + 24.13 24.36



Adult dependency increases for spouse or person looking
after children - payable with;
State Pension on own insurance (Cat A or B) 64.90 65.70
long term Incapacity Benefit 60.45 61.20
Severe Disablement Allowance 36.30 36.75
Carers Allowance 36.10 36.55
short-term Incapacity Benefit (over state pension age) 58.20 58.90
short-term Incapacity Benefit (under State Pension age) 47.10 47.65
Child Dependency Increases - payable with;
State Pension; Widowed Mothers/Parents Allowance; 11.35 11.35
short-term Incapacity benefit - higher rate or over state pension age;
11.35 11.35
long-term Incapacity Benefit; Carer's Allowance; Severe Disablement
Unemployability Supplement.
NB - The rate of child dependency increase is adjusted where it is
payable for the eldest child for whom child benefit is also paid. The
weekly rate in such cases is reduced by the difference (less £3.65)
between the ChB rates for the eldest and subsequent children.



Exceptions and special rules may apply to deductions for non-dependants if you or your partner:

No deductions are made if the non-dependant: