Second adult rebate
Council Tax is worked out assuming that there are at least two adults living in the property. If there is only one person or all except one are disregarded, then you will receive a single person discount. For more information on discounts and disregarded people please see our council tax pages
You will no longer receive the single persons discount when there is more than one adult in the household or the other adults are not disregarded. Second adult rebate will take account of the ability of the other adults to make up for the loss of the discount.
If you are the person responsible for the Council Tax at your property you can claim Second Adult Rebate regardless of your income and savings. It is the circumstances of the other adults that is taken into account.
You will not receive second adult rebate if
the second adult is
- paying you rent, or
- responsible for paying the Council Tax themselves.
- your partner or civil partner, and over 18
How to claim Second Adult Rebate
You can claim by:
- by downloading and completing the application form
- you can telephone this office, email or write to us telling us that you intend to make a claim for Second Adult Rebate. We will post you an application form
- collecting a form from our enquiry counter at Burnt Oak Library, at other Barnet offices and advice agencies.
You only need to provide evidence of the other adults circumstances but you must make the claim.
Second Adult Rebate is worked out as follows
25 % reduction if Second adult(s) are a full time student or receiving Income Support, Income-Based Jobseeker's allowance, Income related Employment and Support Allowance and Guarantee Credit
15 % reduction if the second adult's income before tax and National Insurance is less than £180 per week
7.5% reduction if the gross income before tax and National Insurance is between £180 and £234.99 per week
If the gross income of the second adult(s) is more than £235 per week then no second adult rebate is payable
A claimant cannot be awarded both Council Tax Benefits at the same time, so if the person qualifies for both, they are awarded, whichever of the two is higher (this is called a "better buy" comparison).