Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to get a discount on your council tax bill.
People who aren’t counted
Some people aren’t counted when we look at the number of people living in a property to see whether a discount should apply.
To work out if a discount may apply, count the number of adults who live there as their main home, but who aren’t in the special groups below. If there are two or more adults, then you'll be charged the full rate of council tax.
- Full time students/student nurses, foreign language assistants
- Anyone aged 18 or over who is still eligible for child benefit
- A student’s spouse or dependent who isn’t a British citizen
- Patients permanently living in a hospital or residential home
- Occupants under the age of 20 who are at or have just left school or college (after 30 April until 1 November)
- Anyone who normally lives in the home but is in prison or hospital by order of a court or detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 or under the deportation provision of the Immigration Act 1972
- Youth trainees/apprentices
- Religious communities
- Carers and care workers
- Anyone with a severe mental impairment
- Anyone staying in hostels or night shelters who doesn't have a permanent home
- Visiting forces
Single person's discount
The full council tax charge is based on the assumption that there are two adults living in your home. The bill doesn’t increase if there are more than two people.
If you live in a property on your own, you can apply for a single person’s discount on your council tax bill, which will reduce it by 25%.
Single person's discount review
If you've received a single person discount review form from us you can complete the form telling us about any changes.
Only full time students or student nurses can apply for this discount.
To qualify as a student you should be:
- 18 or 19 and on a course up to 'A' level or BTEC National Diploma standard for at least 12 hours a week
- undertaking a full-time course of further or higher education at a university or college for at least 21 hours a week
- a nurse studying under Project 2000 arrangements
- a foreign language assistant registered at the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchange and appointed at a school or other educational establishment
A student nurse is someone who is:
- on a course which would (if successfully completed) lead to them becoming a registered nurse, midwife or health visitor
You’ll need to let us have a student certificate confirming your course before we can award the discount. You can ask for a certificate at your college or university. Please scan your certificate and upload it with our evidence attachment form.
You'll need to apply online if you think you may qualify for a student discount.
Structural and major repairs discount
You can apply for a 25% discount for up to 12 months if the property is unoccupied and unfurnished and needs or has already had structural alterations or major repairs. If you're only repairing but not replacing items you may not be able to get the discount. Examples of works that may qualify include:
You wouldn't get a discount for any of the following work - unless it's part of other structural or major repairs:
- replacing bathrooms or kitchens
- damp proofing
- plastering small parts of the property
- pointing small parts of the property
- replacing tiles or repairing only part of the roof
- rewiring or re-plumbing
To claim this discount, fill in the online combined discount and exemption form. You’ll also need to send us evidence of any works, such as invoices or photographs. You can upload these using the evidence attachment form.
Discount for an annex or self-contained flat
If you live in an annexe or self-contained flat (which is part of a main property) and you're related to the person who lives in the main house you can claim a 50% reduction in your council tax.
Unfurnished and unoccupied properties
If you own an unoccupied and unfurnished property you can apply for a 100% discount on your council tax for up to one month. The discount will only apply from the date the property became empty and if it was occupied for six months before it became empty.
Apply for a severely mentally impaired discount
For Council Tax purposes a person is considered as being severely mentally impaired if he or she has a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning, however caused, which appears to be permanent. This can include people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, strokes and similar illnesses.
To qualify for an SMI discount the person must be entitled to one of the below benefits:
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit
- Attendance Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Any rate of the daily living activity care component of Personal Independence Payment
- The Care component of the Disability Living Allowance payable at either the middle or the highest rate
- An increase in the rate of his or her disablement pension due to the need for constant attendance
- The disability element of Working Tax Credit
- Unemployability supplement
- Income Support where the applicable amount includes a disability premium
- Constant Attendance Allowance or Unemployability Allowance under:
- Article 14 or Article 18 respectively of the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1983
- OR Article 14 or Article 18 respectively of the Naval, Military and Air Force etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions Order 1983
Evidence of the benefit is required and we will issue a letter to your doctor to confirm eligibility.
Discount and exemption review
If you've received a discount and exemption review letter from us, complete the form for us to confirm if you're still entitled to the discount or exemption.
Contact the benefits team if you need more information about discount entitlements.