Council Tax discounts and exemptions
All reductions in Council Tax are subject to application and you must meet the relevant qualifying criteria.
You may be eligible for a discount on your Council Tax is you are working as an apprentice.
If you are a care leaver and you either live on your own or live with other care leavers, then you will not have to pay Council Tax.
A person may be disregarded for Council Tax purposes if he/she provides care or support to another person who resides in the property and is providing that care for at least 35 hours per week.
Providing or receiving care
A reduction may be awarded if a person leaves their home to provide or receive care, either in a hospital, residential home or elsewhere (for example supported accommodation).
A discount may be awarded if you are now the sole occupant of the property and are over 18 years of age. A full exemption may be granted on an unoccupied property where liability for Council Tax is to be met solely from the estate of a deceased person and a grant of confirmation has not been made.
Disabled person reduction
You may be awarded a reduction in your Council Tax if you or an adult or child living with you is permanently disabled.
You may be eligible for a reduction in your Council Tax if your property is empty.
Low income household or out of work
You may be eligible for a reduction in your Council Tax if you are on a low income or out of work and have savings below £16,000.
Major structural repairs
A property which cannot be lived in because it is being structurally repaired, improved or reconstructed, may be awarded an exemption from paying Council Tax for a maximum period of 52 weeks from the date the property was last occupied.
Prison or detention
A discount or full exemption from paying Council Tax may be awarded if the liable person, or other member of the household, is detained in prison, hospital or any other place by virtue of an order of the Court in the UK.
Severely mentally impaired
An exemption from paying Council Tax may be awarded if you are living with a person who is severely mentally impaired.
If you are over 18 and the only person living in the property, you can apply for a 25% discount on your Council Tax.
As a full-time student, you may be eligible for a reduction in your Council Tax.