This page explains the different ways in which you may be able to reduce the amount of Council Tax you pay.
Single Person Discount
Most of the time, if only one adult lives at a property, a 25% discount can be given. To see if you are entitled to a single person discount and/or apply for one, see our Single Person Discount page.
Reduction for disabilities
People who are permanently disabled can qualify for a reduction in their Council Tax if they use a wheelchair indoors or if their home has certain features - see the related page 'Reductions for people with disabilities'.
When more than one adult lives in a property there are other discounts which will help you reduce your Council Tax. This is because some people are disregarded.
The types of people who are ‘disregarded’ are:
- some young people, youth training trainees and apprentices
- full-time students (see related page 'Students and council tax')
- non-British spouses or dependants of full-time students (as above)
- student nurses (as above)
- residents in care homes, certain hostels or long-term hospital patients
- people who are severely mentally-impaired and receive certain benefits
- people in prison, on remand or being held in hospital
- members of religious communities
- members of visiting forces or international headquarters and defence organisations.
If, after disregarding a person, the number of resident adults is only one, a 25% discount can be given. To claim one of these discounts please fill out the appropriate form, which can be found in the Documents section on this page.
From 1 April 2014, in certain circumstances, a 50% discount can be granted for an annex. More information is available below.
Council Tax Support
People with a low income might be able to get Council Tax Support. This could cover some or all of the Council Tax bill. For more information see the related page 'Council Tax Support'.
Council Tax exemptions
Some properties are exempt from Council Tax so nothing is payable for them - see the related pages 'Exemptions for occupied properties' and 'Exemptions for unoccupied properties'.