Council Tax - personal discounts
Please note - if you are seeking a council tax reduction due to being on low income, or because you're in receipt of housing benefit then you need to visit our Council Tax Reduction page.
The full Council Tax bill assumes that there are two adults living in a dwelling. If only one adult lives in a home (as his/her main home), the Council Tax bill will be reduced by 25 per cent.
To find out if a discount may apply to your home, you should count the number of adults who live there as their main home. Certain people will not be counted when looking at the number of adults resident in a dwelling: these special groups of people are listed below.
- People caring for someone with a disability who is not a spouse, partner or child under the age of 18
- People who normally live in the property but are currently in prison (except those in prison for non-payment of Council Tax or a fine)
- People who are severely mentally impaired
- Full-time students (including Project 2000 nurses)
- Apprentices or Training Credits Programme trainees
- People who are under the age of 20 who have left school or college after 30 April (not counted until 1 November of that year)
- Members of religious communities (monks and nuns)
- People aged 18 for whom Child Benefit is still payable
- Student nurses
- People employed to provide care
- People staying in certain hostels and night shelters
- Members of visiting forces and certain international institutions
- Diplomats, persons who have diplomatic immunity and certain members of their household
The above groups are stated in broad terms. Within each of the groups a number of conditions may need to be met to qualify. If you think you qualify for a discount, or you would like further information, please contact the Council Tax team (see contacts section of this page).
You can apply for a discount by printing the relevant form from application forms, then complete and send it to the council offices.
Last reviewed: 26 - 07 - 2016