Benefits and help

Second Adult Rebate

Find out if you are entitled to second adult rebate to help you pay your council tax.

You may be entitled to this 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 living in your household who is over the age of 18 that does not have a liability to pay rent. The could be an adult son or daughter, a relative, a friend and some types of carers.

A partner, tenant, boarder, lodger or joint tenant does not count as a second adult.

How to claim

Download a Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support application form fill it out and return it to London Borough of Islington, Benefits Service, PO Box 34750, London NF 9WF, or bring it to our Customer Centre.

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

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.

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
  • 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
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