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We are carrying out a full review of our Council Tax Single Person Discounts, increasing our efforts to identify fraudulent behaviour.
In the city, there are currently around 40,000 Council Tax payers that are receiving a 25% Single Person Discount. Using intelligent data matching, we are comparing records to check the validity of the discounts awarded.
Residents found to be receiving a discount they are not entitled to will have the discount stopped and backdated as far as the evidence supports. We can impose a civil penalty or in serious cases, prosecute those found to be cheating the system.
If you receive a Single Person Discount review letter, please tell us your current circumstances so that we can update our records.
You can complete your review online. You will need your unique PIN number, Council Tax account number and postcode. You can find this information on the letter we have sent you.
If you have any questions regarding the review or require further information, please visit our frequently asked questions page.
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:
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.
Your Council Tax bill will tell you if you are getting a 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.
Your Council Tax can be reduced if a disabled person is living in the property. To get a reduction, the property must have:
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.
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.
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.
If you think that the discount on your bill is wrong, you should tell us within 21 days and we will check.