Second adult rebate
If you live with one or more adults who are on a low income, a second adult rebate can help with your council tax.
If your own income or capital is too high for a council tax reduction you can receive this rebate as the qualifying second adult will be the person assessed, not you.
If you also live with a partner you can claim as long as they are disregarded for council tax.
You can't get both a council tax reduction and a second adult rebate. If you qualify for both you'll get the higher of the two.
A second adult is:
- someone who isn't your partner
- 18 years old or over
- on a low income or receiving certain benefits
- isn't liable for the council tax with you
- doesn't pay you any rent
People who are not second adults
Some people are disregarded for council tax purposes and therefore aren't classed as second adults either:
How to apply
Apply using our online council tax reduction form
Apply for a second adult rebate online
What you'll get
If any of the second adults in your home is getting one of the following benefits, you will get a 25% reduction on your council tax:
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
- income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
If they're not on any of these benefits the reduction is worked out as follows:
- Total income less than £224 gross per week - 15% reduction
- Total income between £224 - £291.99 gross per week - 7.5% reduction
- Total income of £292 or more gross per week - NIL reduction
You can only get a 100% reduction if the second adult qualifies and you are a full time student.
Changes in your circumstances
You should always let us know if your circumstances change for any reason.
Tell us about a change in circumstances
You can also call 030 33 33 3006 or visit one of our customer service centres .