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Alternative Maximum Council Tax Reduction

Alternative Maximum Council Tax Reduction is awarded when a person has a second adult living in his or her home who has a low income. It reduces the amount of council tax that has to be paid.

The rules for claiming are different to Council Tax Reduction because the income and capital of the claimant is not taken into account. The income and capital of the second adult(s) is counted.

Who can be a second adult?

A second adult is somebody who is 18 or over, who is living in your household on a non commercial basis. A second adult can be:

  • An adult son or daughter
  • relative
  • A friend

A second adult cannot be:

  • partner
  • tenant / boarder
  • joint tenant
  • A person who is disregarded for council tax purposes such as a student

You cannot claim Alternative Maximum Council Tax Reduction if you have a partner or if the second adult has a commercial liability to pay you rent

How much Alternative Maximum Council Tax Reduction can I get?

This will reduce your council tax bill by a maximum of 25%. If you have more that one second adult then we will use their combined gross income in the calculation.

Details of the reduction in Council Tax rates with an Alternative Maximum Council Tax Reduction

  • 25% - Second adult(s) in receipt of Income Support (IS), Income based job seekers allowance (JSA(IB)) or pension credit (PC)
  • 15% - Second adult(s) are not receiving IS, JSA(IB) or PC and gross income is less than £175.00 per week
  • 7.5% - Second adult(s) are not receiving IS, JSA (IB) or PC and gross income is between £175.00 and £227.99 per week
  • nil - Second adult(s) are not receiving IS, JSA (IB) or PC and gross income is £228.00 per week or more

How do I claim Alternative Maximum Council Tax Reduction?

You will need to complete an application form.

Make a Claim/application