If you belong to any of the groups below, you could get a discount on your Council Tax - or be exempt altogether.
You could get a discount if you are:
- The only adult living in a property
- Caring for someone who’s disabled, who isn’t your husband/wife or child under 18
- Living in a home where you, or someone you live with, needs an extra room/space because of a disability
- A prisoner, or if someone you live with is imprisoned
- Living with someone who’s 18 or over, who you receive child benefits for
- A full-time student, youth training trainee, apprentice or student nurse
You could be exempt if you are:
- A full-time student, youth training trainee, apprentice or student nurse, living solely with other full-time students
- 18 or 19 years old and still in education, or have just left school
- Severely mentally impaired and living alone
- A patient in hospital
- A patient in a care home
- Staying in certain hostels or night shelters
More on disability reduction
Disabled Person refers to a person who’s substantially and permanently disabled. They can be an adult or child and don’t have to be the person who pays the Council Tax.
You may qualify for a reduction if your property has at least one of the following:
- An additional bathroom or kitchen to meet the needs of the disabled person.
- A room (other than bathroom, kitchen or toilet) to meet the needs of, and used mainly by, the disabled person.
- Extra space inside the property to allow for the use of a wheelchair. The room or wheelchair must be essential, or of major importance to the disabled person’s well-being. Wheelchairs only for outdoor use are excluded.
If eligible the charge for Council Tax will be one band lower than the actual valuation band. If the property is in Band A the reduction will be 1/9th of the charge for Band D in the area.
Exemptions from paying: occupied properties
- Property occupied solely by full-time students
- Student halls of residence
- Property owned by the Secretary of State for Defence and held for armed forces accommodation
- Property occupied by visiting forces
- Dwellings occupied by under 18 year olds
- Dwellings occupied solely by those who are severely mentally impaired
- Dwellings which are the sole or main residence of a person who isn’t a British citizen, has diplomatic privileges and would be liable for Council Tax were it not for this exemption
- Dwellings which form part of a single property (for example annexes) occupied by a dependant relative of the person living in the other part. A relative is dependant if he/she is 65 years old or over and is disabled, or has learning difficulties/a mental health disorder
Exemptions from paying: empty properties
- Empty and unfurnished property needing, or undergoing major repairs or structural alteration - maximum of 12 months. If the property remains empty after 12 months a 50% empty property premium will apply
- Empty property owned and previously used by a charity – exemption lasts for 6 months
- Empty and substantially unfurnished property – exemption lasts for 6 months, after this 100% Council Tax will apply. If the property continues to be unoccupied after 12 months, the charge will increase to 150%
- Empty property which is the home of someone who’s in prison
- Empty property which was the home of someone who’s gone to a residential home or hospital to receive residential care
- Empty property awaiting for probate or letters of administration to be granted (exemption lasts until probate is granted and for 6 months after this, provided the property remains in the hands of the personal representative)
- Property which is empty because occupation is illegal
- Empty property waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion
- Empty property which was the home of someone who’s moved into another residence (not a residential home or hospital) to receive personal care
- Property left empty by someone who’s moved away to provide personal care for another person
- Empty property which was home to one or more students (exemption lasts as long as the person who’d normally pay the Council Tax remains a student)
- Empty property where a mortgage lender is in possession
- Empty property where the person who’d normally pay the Council Tax is a bankrupt’s or insolvent’s trustee
- Empty caravan pitch or mooring
- Empty annexes which can’t be let separately
This is a general guide to various discounts/exemptions available. If you require a more detailed explanation of a specific discount/exemption, contact us.