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Apply for council tax discount

Find out if you may qualify for a discount on your council tax

A full council tax bill is based on at least two adults (18 or over) living in a property. In some cases you may be eligible for a discount or reduction.

Single person discount

If you live on your own or the people you live with don't count as adults for council tax you'll get 25% off your bill.

You can now use your smartphone, tablet or computer to apply for this discount. It is simple, secure and convenient.

Apply for sole occupier discount

If you already get single person (sole occupancy) discount you don't need to reapply every year. But you do need to let us know within 21 days if your circumstances change and you may no longer be eligible. If you don't you may get a penalty of £70 it it's the first time, or £240 if you've not notified us of a change before.


Disabled band relief 

You can apply for disabled band relief if there's someone with a disability living in the property - even if the disabled person is not the one responsible for paying the council tax.

You'll need to show that one of the following applies:

  • a wheelchair is used at the property
  • there's an extra bathroom, kitchen or other room needed for the person with a disability

You can now use your smartphone, tablet or computer to apply for this discount. It is simple, secure and convenient.

Apply for disabled band relief


Empty and uninhabitable property discount

You can no longer get a council tax discount for property that is empty or uninhabitable. There are, however, certain situations when an empty property can be exempt from council tax.

If your property is empty for over two years you'll have to pay a premium charge of 150% council tax.


Second homes

You can no longer get a discount for second homes.


Caravans and mobile homes

You can't get a discount on caravans or mobile homes.

You'll continue to get any exemption though if there are planning restrictions that mean you can only live in your property at a certain time of year.


Housing provided by employers

You may be eligible for a 50% discount if you live in a property provided to you by your employer as part of your contract.


Other discounts

Some adults do not have to pay council tax if you meet certain conditions, so the bill for the property you are living in will be lower. 

The types of discount include:

  • full time students, student nurses, apprentices and youth training trainees and initial teacher training
  • patients resident in hospital
  • people who are being looked after in care homes 
  • people who are severely mentally impaired 
  • 18 to 19 year olds who are at or have just left school
  • care workers working for low pay, usually for charities 
  • people caring for someone with a disability who is not a spouse, partner or child under 
  • members of visiting forces and certain international institutions
  • people in prison (except those in prison for on payment of council tax or a fine) 

Apply for a discount or exemption


Appeals

You can appeal against our decision on your discount if you think it's wrong.

You must write to us and we will respond within two months and if we don't agree you can appeal to the Valuation Tribunal (which must be received by them within two months of us making our decision).


Apply for council tax reduction