Second Adult Rebate
This discount is available to council tax payers who are pension age or who are lone parents with a child under 5 years old. If you are the only person due to pay the council tax in your home (i.e. you are single or your partner is discounted for council tax) and you have other people living with you who are on a low income, you may qualify for a ‘second adult rebate’. The notes below explain how it works.
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Who can claim?
Only the person due to pay council tax can make a claim, so your name must be on the council tax bill.
Most adults living with you aren’t ‘Second Adults’ – the following are examples of people not classed as Second Adults:
- The partner of the person liable for council tax at your home;
- Anybody under 18;
- Anybody paying rent for their accommodation;
- Anybody liable for council tax;
- A joint owner or tenant;
- Anybody already disregarded for discount on the council tax bill.
How is the Second Adult Rebate worked out?
Second Adult Rebate is worked out using the gross income of all the second adults living in the property. Gross income includes earned income, state benefits, gross income on savings etc. It does not include attendance allowance, disability living allowance or income support.
Note: that there are special rules where either the council tax payer or the second adult is a full-time student
How much benefit will you receive?
Benefit is based on the council tax before any reductions for discounts. Add together the gross income of the second adults, and using the chart below you can find the percentage of your council tax bill you can claim in benefit.
Second Adult Rebate
|‘Second adult(s)’ – weekly gross income||Benefit due|
Income Support/Jobseekers Allowance (Income based)/Pension Credit/Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
25% gross Council Tax due
Less than £182.99
15% gross Council Tax due
£183.00 to £238.99
7.5% gross Council Tax due
£239.00 or over
When to claim
Claim immediately because benefit cannot normally be backdated (more on backdating benefits). Any delay in making a claim can mean a loss of benefit.
If you are entitled to benefit in your own right and you have a second adult living with you, we must calculate which way you will be better off.
Changes in Circumstances
You must let us know of any change in your circumstances immediately.
- Changes in the membership of your household, and;
- Changes in second adult(s) income.
|contact officer/team:||Benefits Team|
|web:||online enquiry form|
|freephone:||0808 178 7143|
|address:||South Norfolk Council
South Norfolk House
Norwich NR15 2XE
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Last updated on: 03 May 2013