If you are 70 years or over, you live alone and you pay rates you may be entitled to help with your rates. This could be up to 20% off your rates bill.
If someone else lives with you, you may still qualify for the allowance if they are providing care to you and they are not a disqualified relative (partner / spouse).
It is not means tested so you don't need to provide information about your income or savings to be eligible. And your social security benefits should not be affected.
When you complete the application form you will need to provide:
- your National Insurance number
- your date of birth
- how much you pay for your rates (only if you rent from a private landlord or housing association)
If you are a Housing Executive tenant, or you own your own home, you don't need to confirm how much you pay for your rates.
How is Lone Pensioner Allowance Paid
Lone Pensioner Allowance is always paid directly into an account for you. This could be:
- your rent or rates account if you are a Housing Executive or a housing association tenant; or
- your rate account if you are a private tenant or you pay your rates to Land & Property Services.
If you are an owner occupier, you will need to contact Land and Property Services to make a claim.
If you rent or ‘have your time in’ your home
The Housing Executive will assess your entitlement to Lone Pensioner Allowance if you rent your home or you previously owned the property you live in and you still pay rates.
To apply please download and complete our Lone Pensioner Allowance form.
Download the Lone Pensioner Allowance Form (PDF 79 kB)
If you own your home
You must apply to Land & Property Services (LPS) using their application form. You can go to:
If you qualify for Lone Pensioner Allowance, you will continue to get this unless:
- someone comes to live with you
- you no longer have to pay rates
If there is a change to the amount you have to pay for your rates your Lone Pensioner Allowance may change to reflect this.
Lone Pensioner Allowance is always paid direct into an account for you. This could be:
- your rent or rates account if you are a Housing Executive or a housing association tenant
- your rate account if you are a private tenant or you pay your rates to Land & Property Services
Please note you must still pay your rate bill while your claim for help is being assessed.