Alternative Maximum Benefit is an alternative to Council Tax Support.

It compensates claimants for the loss of a 25% single person discount to their council tax if their home is shared with a second adult who is on a low income. It is based on the income of the second adult, the claimant’s income and savings will have no effect on Alternative Maximum Benefit entitlement.

To qualify for Alternative Maximum Benefit you must be the person responsible for paying the council tax and the other adult must be on a low income and at least 18 years old. It does not apply if the other adult is your partner, is liable for council tax themselves or is renting from you.

Depending on the income of the second adult you could receive up to 25% towards the cost of your council tax liability charge. Any Alternative Maximum Benefit awarded is paid directly to your council tax account, you will then receive a bill from the council tax department for the remaining balance.

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