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Find out what council tax discounts are available and how to apply for them.
The council tax bill assumes that there are two adults living in a property. Discounts can apply for any of the following conditions. Download the appropriate application form in order to apply for a discount.
You can get a disability reduction if your home has certain adaptations that are specifically made to cater for a disabled resident’s needs. See our disabled band relief page.
At a meeting of the Full Council held at the Council Offices on 11 December 2018, Members formally set the levels of discount applicable to Council Tax for prescribed classes of dwellings for the financial year commencing 1 April 2019.
You may be entitled to a 25% single person's discount if you are the only adult who lives in your property, or if the other adults who live with you are disregarded because they fall into a specific category such as a student, a care worker or someone who is severely mentally impaired. In some situations where all residents are disregarded a discount of 50% can be awarded.
- Unoccupied furnished Property - From 1st April 2018, the Council Tax Discount for dwellings defined as being within class B (Second Homes) will no longer attract a 5% discount. The discount will end on 31st March 2018 and a full charge will apply.
- Properties built before 1948 - From 1st April 2018, the Council Tax Discount for dwellings defined as being not capable of occupation all year round and were built before the restrictions by the Town and Country Planning Act 1947, will be reduced from 50% to 10%.
- Properties subject to a seasonal prohibition - From 1st April 2018, the Council Tax Discount for dwellings defined as being within class A (properties which are not an individual’s sole or main residence, are furnished and have seasonal planning prohibition i.e. preventing occupation for a continuous period of at least 28 days), will be reduced from 50% to 10%.
Class D Discount (0% Discount)
The 50% discount to Council Tax for major structural repair work was reduced to 0% discount from 1st April 2017. If you have already been granted this discount, and it was previously due to expire after 31st March 2017, this discount will have automatically changed to 0% discount from 1st April 2017.
A person who is 18 and is still entitled to Child Benefit.
A person who is severely mentally impaired.
A person whose only or main home is in a hostel, hospital or nursing home where they receive care.
A person in detention by order of a Court.
Members of religious communities who have no income or capital of their own (monks and nuns).
Members of international headquarters or defence organisations and their dependants (dependants who are UK citizens are not disregarded). Any person who wishes to claim this discount should send written confirmation from their organisation to the Council.
A person living in a property who is employed for 24 hours or more a week as a volunteer care worker by a charity or similar institution and receives pay of no more than £36.00 per week.
A person who lives in the same property as another person to whom they provide care for at least 35 hours per week on average (this does not apply to a spouse/partner or parent caring for a child under the age of 18).
A student, including nurses on Project 2000 (except students on a classroom based teacher training course) and a student nurse if first registration is under Section 10 of the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979 (parts 1 to 6 or 8).
An apprentice on a wage of less than £195.00 per week.
A person employed on a Youth Training Scheme.
A school leaver under the age of 20 who leaves school between 30th April and 1st November
A foreign language student who is registered at the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges. The person applying will need to make a claim to the Council in writing giving proof of their prevention from claiming benefit and taking up employment.
Residents of Hostels or Night Shelters. Tell us you're moving home.
A 50% discount for annexes which are occupied as part of the main home or is the main home of a relative of the council taxpayer of the main home. Any person who wishes to claim this exemption should contact us for further information, using the contact details on this page.
You can get a disability reduction if your home has certain facilities for meeting the needs of a person with a disability, whether it is an adult or a child, provided they are living in the property.