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
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 £193 gross per week - 15% reduction
- Total income between £193 - £249.99 gross per week - 7.5% reduction
- Total income of £250 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.
You can also call 030 33 33 3005 or visit one of our customer service centres.