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Second Adult Support is a type of Council Tax Support. It is worked out differently to main Council Tax Support.
Second Adult Support is not based on your or your partner’s income but on the income of other people of 18 years and over who live in your home who are known as ‘second adults’.
Second Adult Support is to help people of pension age who would have received a Council Tax discount if a ‘second adult’ were not living in the property. Under the Council Tax Support rules you are classed as 'pension age' when you reach the qualifying age for Pension Credit.
The basic rules to apply for Second Adult Support are:
- Under 18 years
- A ‘discounted person’
- A joint tenant or joint owner of the property
You can apply for second adult support even if you and your partner have capital over £16,000.
A 'discounted person' is someone who, for Council Tax purposes, does not count towards the number of adults who live in a property.
If all the ‘second adults’ living with you receive one of the following benefits your award will be 25% of your Council Tax charge:
If any ‘second adults’ who live with you do not receive one of these benefits, the amount of second adult support depends on the gross income of these second adults. If the gross weekly income of the other adults is:
The above rates are effective from 1 April 2020.
Only the gross income of any ‘second adults’ not on Income Support, income-based Jobseekers Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit, and who are not a ‘discounted person’ is used.
The person liable for the Council Tax bill and not the 'second adult' must apply.