Advice and support icon

Second Adult Rebate

You may be entitled to this benefit even if you are not on a low income. It is not based on the money you have, but on the money other people who live with you have.

Second Adult Rebate is paid to people who

  • cannot get a single person discount for their council tax because they have one or more other adults living with them
  • are not jointly liable for council tax
  • have other adults living with them who are on a low income

A second adult is somebody who is

  • over the age of 18
  • living in your household
  • does not have a liability to pay rent

A second adult could be

  • an adult son or daughter
  • a relative
  • a friend
  • some types of carers

A second adult cannot be

  • a partner
  • a tenant/boarder
  • a joint tenant

How to claim

Use the link to download a Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support application form (PDF). Complete and return this to the Benefits Section.

You will also need to provide evidence of your Identity, your National Insurance Number and evidence of your second adult(s) income.

For more details visit how to claim page.

How much you will get

How much second adult rebate you can get depends on the circumstances and income of the second adult or adults living with you. It is the income of the second adult(s) that is used for the calculation. Your income is ignored for this benefit.

Second adult rebate is paid as a percentage deduction in your council tax bill. No matter how many second adults you have, you can only get one amount of second adult rebate.

Deduction you can receive

Since April 2012 the deductions you can receive are: 

  • 25% if your second adult(s) income is Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance or Income Related Employment and Support Allowance or state Pension Credit
  • 15% if your second adult(s) gross income is less than £180 per week
  • 7.5% if your second adult(s) gross income is between £180 and £234.99 per week
  • nothing if your second adult(s) gross income is £235 per week or more

From April 2013 the deductions you can receive are:

  • 25% if your second adult(s) income is Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance or Income Related Employment and Support Allowance or state Pension Credit
  • 15% if your second adult(s) gross income is less than £183 per week
  • 7.5% if your second adult(s) gross income is between £183 and £238.99 per week
  • nothing if your second adult(s) gross income is £239 per week or more

 Your deduction will be reduced by a further 8.5% under the Council Tax Support scheme. Please see the Council Tax Benefit replacement page for more information. 

Was this information helpful?
  1. Please select