Council Tax - discounts


Council Tax discounts

The full occupied Council Tax charge is based on a property being occupied by two or more adults.

For Council Tax purposes some people are not counted as living at the property if certain circumstances apply. These people are disregarded.

If there is only one adult living at a property or after we have disregarded people and are left with only one adult, then you will be entitled to a 25% discount. If all occupiers are disregarded then you will be entitled to a 50% discount or possibly an exemption.

Disregarded people include:

  • anyone under 18
  • full-time students, student nurses - please complete and return this form
  • non British spouse of a student or non British dependant of a student - please complete and return this form
  • apprentices earning less than £195 gross and young people on Youth Training Schemes
  • patients living in hospital or a care home
  • people who meet the severely mentally impaired criteria - entitlement to a certain state benefit and secondly, a qualified medical practitioner (usually your doctor) must confirm to the council that in their medical opinion you are "severely mentally impaired".

    What is the definition of "severely mentally impaired"?

    "Severely mentally impaired" means a person who has severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning (however caused), which appears to be permanent

        please complete and return the application form.

  • 18 and 19 year olds who are at school or have just left school
  • care workers who are paid no more than £44 a week
  • people caring for someone they live with who is disabled and not their partner or child
  • people who belong to a religious community
  • people in prison, unless they are in prison for not paying Council Tax or a fine, or detained elsewhere
  • people staying in some hostels and night shelters
  • members of visiting forces
  • diplomats.

Your Council Tax bill will tell you if you are getting a discount.  

Empty and unoccupied property discount

From 1st April 2015, properties classed as empty and unoccupied will attract a 100% discount for a period of up to 28 calendar days.

This applies from the date the property first becomes empty and unoccupied. If the property remains empty and unoccupied then, on day 29, the liable person(s) are charged Council Tax at 100% of the normal occupied rate. 

Can I get a discount if I'm disabled?

Your Council Tax can be reduced if a disabled person is living in the property. To get a reduction, the property must have:

  • a room that is used mainly by the disabled person and is required to meet their particular needs. For example, the treatment of an illness or condition. A downstairs living or sitting room used also as a bedroom doesn't count.
  • an additional bathroom or kitchen needed to meet the needs of the disabled person. This needs to be a full bathroom not just an extra toilet.
  • adaption for wheelchair access and the wheelchair to be used indoors by the disabled person.

The reduction will be to charge as if the property was in the next lower valuation band. For example, if the property is actually in band B, we charge the tax as band A. If your property is already in band A, you can still get an equivalent reduction.

How do I claim a Council Tax discount?

You can claim a 25% single person discount using our Single Person's Discount online form.

For other types of discount we may need you to provide some proof of entitlement so please get in touch with us and we will help you with your claim. 

What should I do if am getting a discount but my circumstances have changed?

You must tell us about the changes and we will tell you how it affects your discount. For example, if you live alone you must tell us if another adult moves in with you. Please complete our Change of Circumstances online form

What should I do if I think the discount on my bill is wrong?

If you think that the discount on your bill is wrong, you should tell us within 21 days and we will check.


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