Second adult rebate

What is second adult rebate?

Second adult rebate is awarded when a person has a second adult living in his or her home who has a low income.

Second adult rebate reduces the amount of council tax that has to be paid.

The rules for claiming second adult rebate are different to main council tax benefit because the income and capital of the claimant is not taken into account. The income and capital of the second adults is counted.

Who can be a second adult?

A second adult is somebody who is 18 or over, who is living in your household on a non-commercial basis.

A second adult can be:

  • an adult son or daughter
  • a relative
  • a friend

A second adult cannot be:

  • a partner
  • a tenant or boarder
  • a joint tenant
  • a person who is disregarded for council tax purposes such as a student.

You cannot claim second adult rebate if you have a partner or if the second adult has a commercial liability to pay you rent.

How much second adult rebate can I get?

Generally, second adult rebate will reduce your council tax bill by a maximum of 25%. If you have more than one second adult then we will use their combined gross income in the calculation.

  • Second Adults in receipt of Income Support (IS), Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA (IB)) or Pension Credit (PC)

- 25%

  • Second adults are not receiving IS, JSA (IB) or PC and gross income is less than £175.00 per week

- 15%

  • Second adults are not receiving IS, JSA (IB) or PC and gross income is between £175.00 and £227.99 per week

- 7.5%

  • Second adults are not receiving IS, JSA (IB) or PC and gross income is £228.00 per week or more

- nil

How do I claim second adult rebate?

If you are interested in claiming second adult rebate or would like to know more please contact our customer service centre.

Remember - your finances are irrelevant, we only need to look at the income of the other adults who live with you.

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