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Apply for a Council Tax reduction

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'.

Other discounts

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)
  • carers
  • 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.

Removing Discounts

If you need to tell us that you're no longer eligible for a discount or exemption, you'll need to give us a call on 0113 222 4404

Annexes

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'.​​​​​​​​​

Click to expandYoung people, youth training trainees and apprentices

Young people

This discount may apply if:

  • The young person is under 20, in further education for more than 3 months, and studying for more than 12 hours per week, or
  • Someone is entitled to Child Benefit for the young person (or would be if the person was not in local authority care), or
  • The young person is a school or college leaver – this applies when an 18 or 19 year-old leaves school or college after 30 April, for the period between the end of their course and the following 1 November (even if they start work during this period). The school or college leaver discount usually follows immediately after the young person/Child Benefit discount and is granted automatically when the first discount ends, so there is no claim form for this discount - if you think you should have been granted it but haven't, please contact us.

Youth training trainees

A discount may apply if

  • the trainee is under 25 and receiving training through arrangements made under the Employment and Training Act 1973, and
  • these arrangements form an approved training scheme for the purposes of Section 28 of the Social Security Contributions Act 1992.

Apprentices

A discount may apply if the apprentice is:

  • employed to learn a trade, business, office, employment or vocation; and
  • doing a program of training leading to a qualification accredited by the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority or the Scottish Vocational Educational Council; and
  • receiving a salary (or allowance, or both) which is no more than £195 per week before deductions, and which is much less than he/she will earn when qualified.

How to claim one of these discounts

Go to the Documents section and download the relevant claim form.

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Click to expandStudent nurses

You may get a discount if the student nurse is:

employed as a student nurse but taking a course which will lead to first registration in the Nurses’ Part or the Midwives’ Part of the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Council under the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001

or

not employed as a nurse but taking a nursing degree or diploma course and getting a student grant or scholarship.

An exemption will apply if all the residents in a property are student nurses in full-time education and/or full-time students, then no Council Tax is payable.

How to claim this discount or exemption

If you would like to claim this discount or exemption, go to the related page 'Students and Council Tax' and download the form from the Documents section there.​​​​​

Click to expandCarers

Employed carers

You can get a discount if the carer is:

- employed as a carer by an organisation such as Community Service Volunteers,
- employed by a public body or by the person he/she is caring for (as long as he or she was introduced to that person by a charity);
- living in accommodation provided by the employer so that the care can be given, and
- employed to provide care for at least 24 hours a week and paid no more than £44 a week.

Unpaid carers

You can get a discount if the carer is:

- providing care for at least 35 hours a week on average, and
living with, and caring for, someone who has a disability, who is not their spouse or partner or child under 18, and who is entitled to one of the following benefits:
     - an attendance allowance
     - highest or middle rate of the care component of a disability living allowance
      - an increase in the rate of disablement pension
      - an increase in a constant attendance allowance

How to claim a discount

If you would like to claim a discount, download either the Employed carer claim form or the Unpaid carers claim from the Documents section.​​

Click to expandResidents in care homes, certain hostels or long-term hospital patients

If someone moves out of their home to live in a residential care home, hospital or certain type of hostel, we may be able to grant a Council Tax discount at their own home address. The person’s main residence must be the care home, hospital or hostel. To help decide whether it is their main residence we look at whether the person has an intention to return home.

Does an exemption apply?
If the person in the care home is the owner or tenant of the unoccupied property and nobody else lives at the person's own home address, we may be able to grant an exemption.

How to claim this discount or exemption
To apply for the discount or exemption, go to the Documents section and download the 'Care home residents claim form'.​​

Click to expandPeople who are severely mentally-impaired and receive certain benefits

Where the mentally-impaired person lives in the property as their main home a reduction will apply.

If two or more adults live in the property besides the mentally-impaired person, a discount will not apply unless one or more of the adults in the property are awarded a different discount.

Who will qualify?

To qualify for a severely mentally impaired discount all of the following points must apply:

  • the person must have a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent;
  • a registered medical practitioner (such as his or her doctor) must confirm this, and

  • the mentally-impaired person must be entitled to one of the benefits below (or would be entitled if they were not of pensionable age, or if their partner was not getting a carers premium in their Job Seeker’s Allowance for them)

-Incapacity Benefit

-Constant Attendance Allowance

-Severe Disablement Allowance

-Care component of a Disability Living Allowance, paid at the highest or middle rate

-Unemployability Supplement

-an increase in the rate of Disablement Pension

-Unemployability Allowance

-Income Support where applicable amount includes disability premium

-the disability element of Working Tax Credit

-Attendance Allowance

-Employment & Support Allowance

Severely mentally-impaired people cannot be held jointly and severally liable with non-impaired people. This means that where, for example, a husband and wife live together and one of them qualifies for the discount, the other one will be the sole liable person.


How to claim the discount

Go to the Documents section and download the Severe mental impairment claim form.​

Click to expandNon-British spouses or dependants of full-time students

If a full-time student has a non-British husband or wife or civil partner who holds a visa, we may be able to grant a discount, but it depends on the terms of their visa. To get the discount, the visa must prevent the person from:

taking paid employment in the UK or
claiming benefits in the UK.

The discount may also apply to dependants, and to those who are not married but are living together as husband and wife or civil partners.

Does an exemption apply?
Sometimes - if a person gets the discount and is the only non-student living at an address where all the other residents are students, an exemption will apply. This means there will be no Council Tax to pay at all.

How to claim this discount or exemption
If you would like to claim this discount, go to the Documents section and download the Non-British spouse claim form.​

Click to expandPeople in prison, on remand or held in hospital

You can get a discount if a person who normally lives at the address with you is:

  • on remand, or in prison for a crime other than for non-payment of Council Tax or of a fine;
  • being held in a hospital or other place on mental health grounds as a result of a court order;
  • being held under Immigration law.

You cannot get the discount if the person is in police custody before a first appearance in court.

Sometimes - if the person qualifying for the discount is the liable person and nobody else lives in the property with them, then you will not have any Council Tax to pay

 

How to claim this discount

If you would like to claim this discount, go to the Documents section on this page and download the application form.​

Click to expandMembers of religious communities

A discount may apply if a person is:

  • a member of a religious community whose principal occupation consists of prayer, contemplation, education, the relief of suffering, or any combination of these; and
  • he or she has no income or capital of his own (disregarding any income by way of a pension in respect of former employment) and
  • is dependent on the community to provide for his or her material needs.

How to claim this discount
If you would like to claim this discount download the application form Members of religious communities from the Documents section on this page.

Click to expandMembers of visiting forces, international headquarters and defence organisations

Please contact us directly if you need more information on this discount or wish to claim it. You can do this via the Contact Us email on this page.

Click to expandAnnexes

From 1 April 2014, a 50% discount can be granted for an annex which is part of a single property if:

  • it’s being used by the resident of the main house as part of their sole or main residence, or
  • it’s the sole or main residence of a relative of the person who is responsible for the Council Tax at the main house.

If you have an annex and think this discount should apply, a claim form is available in the Documents section of this page.​

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