Council tax discounts
You will pay full council tax on an occupied property if there are two or more adults (aged 18 and over) counted as living there as their main home. If there are fewer than two adults counted, a discount will apply. To claim a discount first please read the information below and then complete the Discount application form. If you are on a low income you may also qualify for Council Tax Support.
Discounts may be given in these situations:
We ‘disregard’ or do not count the following people for Council Tax purposes:
- People in prison, on remand or detailed under the Mental Health Act.
- People who are severely mentally impaired, including those with Alzheimer’s disease.
- 18 and 19 year olds still at school in full time education up to and including A level standard.
- Children for whom there is Child Benefit entitlement
- School leavers aged 18 or 19 who left school/college after 30 April. They will not be counted until 1 November the same year.
- Members of religious communities, for example monks and nuns.
- Students, student nurses and youth training trainees in certain circumstances only.
- Carers. We do not count people who live with and care for a person with severe disability and who qualify as carers according to certain rules.
- Non-British relatives of students. We do not count spouses and dependents of students unable to work or claim benefits because of immigration rules.
- Apprentices. We do not count apprentices working for a qualification and who earn less than £195 a week before tax.
- Members of designated international headquarters, visiting forces and defence organisations and diplomats.
- People in government youth training schemes.
- People living as patients in a home or hospital. We will not count anyone who is living in a home to receive care, or is in hospital long term.
If, after disregarding any of these people there is only one person left for us to count, we will apply a 25% discount to your Council Tax. If after disregarding anyone there is no one left for us to count we will give you 50% off your bill.
Adults living alone
If you are the only adult, or the only counted adult, living in the property you will receive a 25% discount off your Council Tax bill.
There is no charge for any property that has been empty and unfurnished for 28 days or less. If the property remains empty after 28 days full Council Tax will be charged. If the property stays empty for more than two years, we will also charge a 50% additional amount on your Council Tax. Empty caravans and most empty mobile homes receive a 50% Council Tax discount.
Owners of empty properties in need of, of undergoing major repairs or structural alterations have to pay full Council Tax.
Usually you will have to pay full Council Tax on your second home unless you have to live in it as a condition of your employment. In this situation you may receive a 50% Council Tax reduction – we will ask you for information to help us decide whether you qualify
Second Adult Rebate
Second Adult Rebate is worked out on the income of a second adult. This does not apply to your spouse or partner, but to someone who lives with you such as a grown up son or daughter or elderly relative. You can get up to 25% of the Council Tax paid, because if they were not living there you would qualify for a single person discount.
Annexes and similar accommodation
Annexes, garage flats and other similar accommodation being used as part of the main family home may qualify for a 50% discount. Annexes occupied by elderly or disabled relatives and unoccupied annexes subject to certain planning restrictions may be exempt. Please complete the council tax discount form so we can consider whether you are entitled to a discount.
Reduction for people with disabilities
If your property has been adapted to meet special needs linked to a disability, you may qualify for a reduced Council Tax bill. Your bill may be reduced by one Council Tax Band, even if the property is in Band A, a reduction can still be made. Please read the:
If you think you may qualify and the reduction is not on your bill, please use the reduction for person with a disability form.
Some properties are exempt from Council Tax charges.