Lone Pensioner Allowance

Ratepayers aged 70 or over who live alone may be entitled to 20 per cent discount on their rates. Tenants and homeowners are eligible for Lone Pensioner Allowance (LPA). Your social security benefits should not be affected because the allowance is not means-tested.

How to qualify for LPA

To qualify for LPA, you must be 70 or over and live alone. If you are over 70 and don’t live alone you may be entitled to LPA if you:

  • live with a carer who is not your spouse or partner
  • provide care for someone who lives with you who is not your spouse or partner
  • live with anyone who is under the age of 18
  • live with someone who has a severe mental impairment including your spouse or partner

Applying for LPA with the NI Housing Executive

To apply to the NIHE you can:

More details on how to claim the Lone Pensioner Allowance can be found  on the NIHE website

Applying for LPA with Land and Property Services

To apply to the Land and Property Serivce you must fill in an application form. You will need to sign the form and provide any documents to support your claim to the address shown on the form.

You can get an application form:

or you can write to:

Land & Property Services
Lone Pensioner Allowance
Lanyon Plaza
7 Lanyon Place
Town Parks
Belfast
BT1 3LP

Information you will need to provide

  • your National Insurance Number (on the form)
  • Proof of your date of birth using  a passport, driving licence, smart pass or medical card

Paying your rates

If you apply for help, you must still pay your rates bill while LPS assesses your application. If your application is successful, LPS will refund the amount you have overpaid or credit the amount due to your account.

A ratepayer can be awarded LPA along with Disabled Persons Allowance and Housing Benefit/Rate Relief.  Any award of LPA should not affect your entitlement to social security benefits.

If you want more information about help paying your rates, contact the outreach officer in LPS:

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