The amount you get may be reduced if you have someone, other than your partner, living with you such as grown up children, friends or other relatives. These deductions are known as ‘non-dependant’ deductions.
We will not make a deduction if you or your partner are:
- Registered blind
- Getting Attendance Allowance
- Getting the care component of Disability Living Allowance
- Getting the standard or enhanced rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payments
If you have a couple living with you we will only take one deduction. If one is working full time we will add the joint income together and use this to decide the deduction. If neither are working we will take the higher one of the deductions that apply
The amount of the deduction depends on whether or not they work full time and if they do it will be based on their total gross weekly income.
The benefit cap limits the amount of benefit that most working age households can get.
If you’re affected, your Housing Benefit will go down to make sure that the total amount of benefit you get isn’t more than the cap level.
The benefit cap limit has been reduced from November 2016.
You can find out further information on our benefit cap page.
LHA is paid to you and will go straight into a bank or building society account.
It is up to you to make sure that your rent is paid to your landlord. If you think you may struggle with the responsibility of paying your rent, you can ask us to make payments direct to your landlord.
A request for direct payment can be made by you, your landlord or another interested party.