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Claiming benefits - Second adult rebate
Second adult rebate is a type of council tax support that can be claimed by council tax payers who share their home with another person/people, who is/are on a low income and is not a partner or a paying lodger. The amount of the council tax payer’s income and savings is irrelevant and it is based just on the income of the second adult(s).
A 'second adult' is somebody over the age of 18 living in your household on a non-commercial basis (i.e. not paying rent). A second adult can be:
- adult son or daughter
- a relative
- or a friend
- or a certain type of carer
A 'second adult' cannot be:
- a partner
- a tenant/boarder
- a joint tenant
In addition, a 'second adult' cannot be a person normally disregarded for council tax purposes such as:
- a person under the age of 18 or someone over 18 years if child benefit is still in payment
- a full time student
- a person on a youth training scheme
- an apprentice on a NCVQ/SVEC course
- a person who is severely mentally impaired
- certain types of carers
- people in prison or other forms of detention
- people who have been in hospital for more than six weeks
- people actually or normally resident elsewhere
- diplomats and members of International bodies or of visiting forces
This is because you still may be able to get a single person discount if the person living with you falls into one of these categories.