Reply To: Second adult rebate and students

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I think I agree with the DWP policy behind this. A non-qualifier for main CTB on means-test grounds is able to afford his/her Council Tax. They might get up to 25% 2AR, but that is only available as compensation for missing out on a discount.

A non-qualifier for main CTB simply by virtue of being a full-time student may or may not be able to afford his/her Council Tax – and having a non-dep on IS/JSA/PC won’t help much with the household finances. Hence the need for up to 100% 2AR.

Yes, I reckon it’s fair.

Edit after a few minutes’ reflection: I don’t think the above is a very strong argument actually. For a full-time student, 2AR is nearly always to compensate for not being totally exempt – a 25% discount would be available to a FT student with one non-dep. So on second thoughts I think I agree with those who argue that the distinction in the new rules is completely arbitrary