Second Adult Rebate

Second Adult Rebate is a discount on Council Tax. To qualify, you must be living with another adult who is not your partner and who does not pay you rent - for example, an adult child, a relative or a friend.

Your State Pension age depends on when you were born, you can calculate this at, Gov.UK, State Pension Calculator

You cannot claim Second Adult Rebate if you are married or have a partner.

Am I Eligible for Second Adult Rebate?

  • For Breckland, East Cambridgeshire, Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury residents, Second Adult Rebate is only available for pension age claims
  • For Fenland, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney residents, Second Adult Rebate is available for both working age and pension age claims

Your State Pension age depends on when you were born, you can calculate this at gov.uk, state pension calculator

You must have a non dependant adult living with you. A non dependant adult must:

  • be over 18     
  • not be your partner    
  • not have joint responsibility for paying Council Tax   
  • not pay you rent     
  • not be a joint owner or joint tenant with you      
  • not be a licensee of the property       
  • have a low income or be on benefits     
  • not be classified as a disregarded person for Council Tax purposes

What Could I Get from Second Adult Rebate?

You could get a discount of up to 25% off your Council Tax – the exact amount will depend on the gross income (income before tax or other contributions are considered) of the second adult living with you.

With Second Adult Rebate only the income of the second adult is considered. So if you don't qualify for Council Tax Reduction because you have an income of more than £16,000 you may still be eligible for Second Adult Rebate if you are of State Pension age.

The table below sets out the discount you could be entitled to based on the gross income and circumstances of the second adult. If there is more than one non dependent adult living with you, then their combined incomes will be taken into account.

Income of the Second Adult

Percentage Discount Available

If students live in the property and there are other adults who receive any of the benefits below then the property is exempt from Council Tax

100% off your Council Tax bill

If the second adult receives:
Income Support
Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
Pension Credit

25% off your Council Tax bill

If the second adult receives less than £183 per week

15% off your Council Tax bill

If the second adult receives between £183 and £239 per week

7.5% off your Council Tax bill

How Do I Claim Second Adult Rebate?

Apply online for Second Adult Rebate