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Monday , September , 25 2017

Second Adult Rebate

This is calculated by a different method to main Council Tax Reduction. It is based on the income of the second (other) adult/s who are resident in the property.

The claimant must be the person liable to pay the Council Tax, who would have been awarded single occupier discount but for the other second adult/s living in the property. Second Adult Rebate can not be granted if the claimant has a partner residing in the property.

If you are the only person who is liable to pay the Council Tax on your home but you share your home with one or more persons who are over the age of 18 and they:

  • are not paying you rent for living in your home
  • do not have to pay the Council Tax
  • are not your spouse or partner
  • have a low gross income.

You can claim Second Adult Rebate in respect of them.

In order to do this you will need to complete and return one of our application forms together with documentary proof showing the gross income details of other adults who live with you.

You do not have to supply us with details of your own income and/or savings, however, if you do we will also do a calculation to see if you are entitled to main Council Tax Reduction based on your details.

Once the calculation for main Council Tax Reduction and Second Adult Rebate have been made we will compare the amounts of benefit (if any) and award you the greater entitlement (please note that you are not entitled to receive both).

Second Adult Rebate is calculated using the combined gross income of all the second adults living in the property. It is awarded on a percentage basis of your Council Tax Bill.

Any Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based), Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related), Attendance Allowance or Disability Living Allowance will be ignored when we work out the second adults gross income.

How much Second Adult Rebate can I get?

If you qualify for Second Adult Rebate your Council Tax bill will be reduced by 25%, 15% or 7.5% depending on the second adults income. The following figures are effective from April 2017:

  • Second adult(s) in receipt of Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related), Job Seekers Allowance (Income Related) or Pension Credit 25%
  • Gross income of second adult(s) less than £194.95 15%
  • Gross income of second adult(s) £194.95 to £252.50 7.5%

Please note that if their income is too high you will not qualify for Second Adult Rebate but you may still qualify for Main Council Tax Reduction.

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