The Council Tax bill assumes there are at least two adults living in the property. If there is only one adult occupying the property as their main home, there is a 25% reduction. You can request or cancel a Single Occupier Discount online:
All adults count for Council Tax unless they are:
- 18 or 19 years old and at school, or have just left school;
- Full-time students or student nurses;
- A youth training trainee - under the age of 25, and on a government recognised youth training programme;
- An apprentice where the training leads to an accredited qualification and where the salary is no greater than £195 per week (gross) and less than what they would earn once qualified
- Someone who is severely mentally impaired;
- A patient living in hospital permanently;
- Someone who is permanently being looked after in a care home;
- Care workers working for low pay (usually for a charity);
- Someone caring for somebody with a disability who is not their husband, wife or partner or a child under 18;
- Members of a visiting force or certain international institutions;
- Someone who is staying in certain hostels or night shelters;
- Someone who is in prison - but not people who are in prison for not paying Council Tax or a fine;
- Members of certain religious communities (for example, monks and nuns);
- Foreign diplomats.
Should you get a discount?
To find out, add up all the adults who live in your home, including yourself, then take off those who do not count for the Tax. If this leaves one person who counts for the Tax, you should get a 25% discount. If no-one counts for the Tax, you should get a 50% discount.
You can apply for Council Tax discounts and exemptions online:
For student and severely mentally impaired discounts / exemptions:
For all other discounts:
Please remember that if your circumstances change, you must tell us within 21 days, or you may receive a fine.
For property-related reductions please see Property exemptions and discounts.