Discounts and Exemptions
Discounts and Exemptions
If you think you may be entitled to a discount or that your property is exempt for one or more of the reasons stated, you can apply online from this page. If you claim a discount, you will still have to pay the amount demanded on your bill until we make a decision on your claim.
|Complete a discount and exemption application form online|
|Single Person discount - if live on your own you are entitled to a 25% discount off your annual bill. For more information click here.|
|Student discount / exemption - you will need to upload a student certificate or written confirmation from the educational establishment confirming the course being studied, start and end date of the course and the number of hours study required per week. For more information click here.|
|Second home discount - If you have a second home you may be entitled to a discount of between 0% and 50%. For more information click here.|
|Members of visiting forces/international organisations/diplomats - You may need to upload a copy of the military ID card, TX19 form. For more information click here.|
|Severely mentally impaired discount - People who are severely mentally impaired are exempt from council tax. You will need to upload proof of benefit entitlement. For more information click here.|
|Patients in care homes/hospitals - If someone in the household is now registered in a care home or is in hospital permanently and does not intend to return to the household, please complete this form. For more information click here.|
|Disabilities discount - The property must be the main home of at least 1 disabled resident. They can be an adult or a child and not responsible for paying the council tax. For more information click here.|
|Child benefit discount - If someone in the household is 18 and child benefit is paid please complete this form.|
|Careworker discount - You will need to upload a careworker certificate or written confirmation from the careworkers to confirm their status and salary as a careworker. Find out more.|
|Carers discount - You will need to upload evidence that the person receiving care is entitled to benefits. Find out more|
|Prisoners discount/exemption - If someone in the household is/was detained in prison for any reason other than non-payment of council tax or a fine. Click here for more information.|
|Apprentices discount - You will need to upload written confirmation from the apprentice's employer to confirm the apprentice is undertaking training leading to a National Vocational Qualification, salary is less that £160 per week and start and end date of the apprenticeship. For more information click here|
|Youth training trainees discount - You will need to upload written confirmation from the training provider to confirm the trainee is undertaking a government sponsored youth training scheme and the start and finish dates of the training scheme. For more information click here.|
|Members of religious communities discount - You will need to upload a deed of covenant or similar document to confirm the named person has no income or capital or their own. For more information click here.|
|Self contained annexes exemption - part of a property lived in separately as a self-contained house or flat. For more information click here.|
|Dwellings left unoccupied by charities - If the owner / leaseholder is a registered charity you will need to upload a copy of the index slip stating the objective of the charity.
If the owner / leaseholder is not a charity, you will need to detail the organisation's aims and objectives and upload the latest set of accounts. Find out more.
When we work out the full Council Tax amount we assume that two adults are living in the property.
- Afull-time students, student nurses, apprentices and youth-training trainees;
- patients living in hospital;
- people who are being looked after in care homes;
- people who are severely mentally impaired;
- people staying in certain hostels or night shelters;
- 18 and 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 husband or wife, partner or child under 18;
- members of visiting forces and certain international institutions;
- foreign diplomats and certain members of international organisations;
- members of religious communities (for example, monks and nuns);
- people in prison (except those in prison for not paying their Council Tax or a fine).
From 1 April 2013 Council Tax discount is not available for second homes (furnished properties that are not used as a main residence).
A 50% discount will still be available in the following circumstances:
- The Council Tax payer must live elsewhere in job-related accommodation because of the terms and conditions of their employment, for example a caretaker, minister of religion or a member of the armed services. This does not apply to a second home that you are paying rent for because living there is convenient for work.
- The second home is a pitch occupied by a caravan or a mooring occupied by a boat.
From 1 April 2013 Council Tax discount is not available for empty properties. An empty property may qualify for an exemption if it meets one of the criteria below:
Here are the reasons why a property could be exempt from Council Tax:
- Class B - It is vacant (furnished or unfurnished) and is owned by a charity. Exempt for up to six months.
- Class D - It is vacant ( furnished or unfurnished) because the person liable to pay Council Tax is in prison.
- Class E - It is vacant (furnished or unfurnished) because the person liable to pay Council Tax is a permanent patient in a hospital or a care home.
- Class F - It is vacant (furnished or unfurnished) because the person liable to pay Council Tax has died and probate or letters of administration have not yet been granted. Exempt for up to six months after probate or letters of administration are granted.
- Class G - It is vacant (furnished or unfurnished) because nobody is allowed to live there by law.
- Class H - It is vacant (furnished or unfurnished) and a minister of religion will be moving in.
- Class I - It is vacant (furnished or unfurnished) because the person liable to pay Counil Tax is receiving care elsewhere (but not in a residential care home which would come under class E).
- Class J - It is vacant (furnished or unfurnished) because the person liable to pay Council Tax is caring for someone elsewhere.
- Class K - It is vacant (furnished or unfurnished) because the person liable to pay Council Tax is a student living elsewhere to study.
- Class L - It is vacant (furnished or unfurnished) because it has been repossessed.
- Class M - It is a hall of residence for students.
- Class N - It is lived in only by students.
- Class O - It is owned by the Ministry of Defence and lived in only by members of the armed services.
- Class P - It is lived in only by visiting service personnel.
- Class Q - It is left vacant by a bankruptcy trustee (furnished or unfurnished).
- Class R - It is an empty caravan pitch or a boat mooring.
- Class S - It is lived in only by people who are under 18.
- Class T - It is a vacant part (furnished or unfurnished) of another property and may not be let separately due to planning restrictions.
- Class U - It is lived in only by people who are severely mentally impaired.
- Class V - It is lived in by a foreign diplomat or a member of certain international organisations.
- Class W - It is part of a property that is lived in separately as a self-contained flat or house by a dependent elderly or disabled relative.
Under Section 13A of the Local Government Act 1992 the Council may reduce the amount of Council Tax you are required to pay. The Council may reduce the amount of Council Tax in an individual case or in a class of cases where national discounts and exemptions do not apply.
If your bill shows that you have an exemption or discount, you must tell us about any change in circumstance that affects your entitlement. If you do not do this, you may have to pay a penalty.
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