Second Adult Rebate

Second Adult Rebate is a way of helping pensioners and vulnerable adults who have other adults living with them who are on low incomes.

Step 1 - Check if you are eligible

Second Adult Rebate is only available to pensioners and vulnerable working-age adults. You must be the only person living in your home who is liable to pay Council Tax, and share your home with one or more people who are over 18 who:

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

The Second Adult Rebate does not apply if the other people in your home are 'disregarded' groups for Council Tax purposes. See Council Tax Discounts for more information.

Step 2 - Find out how much you might be entitled to

Second Adult Rebate is calculated using the combined gross income of all second adults. It is awarded on a percentage basis of your Council Tax bill, after any transitional reductions that you are entitled to are deducted.

Circumstances Discount given
All second adults receive Income Support or Jobseeker’s Allowance (income based), state Pension Credit or Employment and Support Allowance. 25%
All second adults have a combined gross income of less than £183 each per week. 15%
All second adults have a combined gross income of between £183 and £239 each per week. 7.5%
All second adults have a combined gross income of more than £239 each per week. Not eligible for discount

The following payments received by any second adult will be disregarded when their gross income is calculated:

  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker's Allowance (Income based)
  • Attendance Allowance, and/or
  • Disability Living Allowance

Step 3 - Make a claim

If you think you qualify for this rebate, please submit a claim.

Make a claim

Step 4 - Backdate your claim if needed

Sometimes we can backdate your rebate for a period before you applied. More about backdating.

Step 5 - Let us know about any changes in circumstances

You must inform us if your circumstances change, as this may affect the level of rebate you are entitled to.

Step 6 - Appeal our decision, if you don't agree with it

Depending on the outcome of your application, you may want to appeal. More about the appeals process.

Contact us

Online: Make an enquiry
Telephone: 020 8891 1411


London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames
Benefits Service
PO Box 72385
SW18 9PG

To drop off any documents requested please come to the Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Updated: 6 July 2020