Second adult rebate

Second adult rebate is for people of pension age who lose the 25% single person discount because at least one other adult lives with them.

The other adult can’t be your partner or a lodger paying you rent or board.

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If the other adult earns more than £241 a week, you can’t get second adult rebate.

Read this page to see if you’re eligible.  If you are, ring our benefits advice line on 0300 1234 121.  We’ll give you an appointment for an advisor to ring you back to complete the claim. To make a claim by post, download and complete a claim form. 

It depends on the income before taxes and deductions of the other adults who live with you.  This includes earnings from employment, income from state benefits, pensions and most other forms of income.

When there is more than one other adult, we combine their income and ignore certain state benefits. The table below shows the amounts of second adult rebate that we can pay based on the level of income.

Combined income (before taxes and deductions) of the other adult(s)

Amount of second adult rebate

If the other adult(s) receives Income Support, income related Employment Support Allowance, income related Jobseekers Allowance or Pension Credit

Amount of benefit will be 25% of the weekly council tax

Up to and including £184.99

Amount of benefit will be 15% of the weekly council tax

From £185 to £240.99

Amount of benefit will be 7.5% of the weekly council tax

£241 and above

No second adult rebate can be paid

If the other adult(s) receives Income Support, income related Employment Support Allowance, income related Jobseekers Allowance or Pension Credit, and the person(s) liable to pay the council tax is/are a full time student

Amount of benefit will be 100% of the weekly council tax

 

No, you can only claim one or the other.  If you qualify for both, we will award you the one that gives you the highest amount.