If you are the only adult living in a property as your main home then you qualify for a 25% discount on your council tax bill.
People who are not counted
Some people are disregarded for council tax purposes. This means we will not count them when we decide how many people aged 18 or over, live in your property.
We may be able to give you a council tax discount if someone in your home is a(n):
- They must be employed for the purpose of learning a trade, business, profession, office job or vocation.
- They must be undertaking a training programme leading to a qualification accredited by qualifications and curriculum authority. For example a national vocational qualification (NVQ) that relates to their chosen work.
- They must be earning or receiving an allowance of no more than £195 per week
- If you are an apprentice with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in your first year, you may be considered a full-time student which would disregard you from the bill. Your letter from JLR must state that you are a full-time student
The carer must live in the same dwelling as the person they are caring for. They must provide care for at least 35 hours per week. They cannot be the partner or child (if under the age of 18) of the carer. The person being cared for must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- A higher rate attendance allowance
- The highest rate care component of a disability living allowance.
- An increase in the constant attendance allowance.
They must be employed by the crown, a charity, a local authority or by the person they are caring for.
- They must be paid no more than £44 per week.
- They must be living in premises provided by the agency they are employed by or by the person they are caring for. If the person they are caring for employs them, they must have been introduced to them by a charity.
- The care worker must be providing care and support to one or more people for at least 24 hours per week.
- A person must have their 'sole or main residence' in a National Health Service hospital. That is, the stay in hospital must be considered permanent, as they are unable to return home.
Member of religious community
- The person must be a member of a religious community whose principal occupations consist of prayer, contemplation, education or the relief of suffering.
- They must be financially dependent on the community to provide for their material needs. (Any pension from a former employment would not disqualify a person from satisfying this)
Member and dependants of visiting forces
- The person must have an association with an organisation designated under Part 1 of the Visiting Forces Act 1952
Patient in nursing or care homes
- A person must have their 'sole or main residence' in a nursing or residential care home. That is, the stay in the home must be considered permanent, as they are unable to return to their own home.
- The home must be a residential care home, nursing home, or mental nursing home that is registered under the Registered Homes Act 1984. Or a bail or probation hostel. The home must be providing care because of old age, disability, past or present alcohol or drug dependency, or past or present mental disorder.
The regulations define a severely mentally impaired person as having a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning (however caused), which appears to be permanent.
- A Registered Medical Practitioner, for example a doctor or consultant, must sign a certificate confirming that the person is severely mentally impaired.
- The person must be entitled to, one of the following benefits:
- A severe disablement allowance
- An increase in the rate of a disablement pension
- An employability allowance payable with war disablement pension
- Attendance allowance at the higher or lower rate
- Constant attendance allowance at one of the four rates payable with disablement benefit or war disability pension
- Income support which includes a disability premium
- A disability working allowance
- An employability supplement
- The middle or higher care component of a disability living allowance or personal independence payment (PIP)
Anyone in any of the situations listed below, for any offence except for non-payment of council tax, or non-payment of fines.
- Detained in prison, hospital or other place by order of a court
- Detained pending deportation under the Immigration Act 1971
- Detained under relevant parts of the Mental Health Act 1983
- Detained under the Army Act 1955, Air Force Act 1955 or Naval Discipline Act 1957
Residents of hostels for the homeless or night shelters
Anyone who is resident, for the time being, in accommodation for the homeless is disregarded providing the premises is only used essentially for persons of no fixed abode.
School or college leaver
- They must remain under the age of 20.
- They must have attended a full time or qualifying course of education until at least 30 April of that academic year
- They will be disregarded until the 1 November of the calendar year they leave school or college.
- They do not have to be continuing in further or higher education after leaving school or college to qualify for the discount.
The qualifying criteria for a full time student are:
- The course must cover at least one academic or calendar year
- It must require at least 24 weeks in each academic or calendar year of study tuition.
- The course requires period of study, tuition or work experience which together total an average of 21 hours per week in each academic or calendar year
You will need to provide a 'certificate proof of student status' for all students in the property.
Spouse of certain students
A person must be a non-British spouse or dependant of one of the following types of students:
- Those undertaking full time courses of education
- Those undertaking qualifying courses of education
- Foreign language assistants
- Student nurses
- Youth training trainees
Any person satisfying the above criteria would be disqualified from the disregard, if under the terms of their leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom they are allowed to take paid employment and claim Government benefits. If a person is allowed to do only one of these things, then they will satisfy the criteria for the disregard.
- They must be on a course which leads to a first registration on Parts 1 to 6 or 8, under Section 10 of the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979
- They must be studying at either a college of nursing or midwifery or a college of health
Young persons in respect of whom child benefit is payable
The disregard will apply where a person has attained the age of 18 but entitlement to child benefit continues in respect of them, however this disregard needs to be considered in conjunction with school and college leavers
Youth training trainees
- They must be under 25 years old
- They must be undertaking training through an approved scheme arranged under the employment and training act 1973 which is funded by the learning and skills council which constitutes a training scheme as defined in the Jobseekers allowance regulations 1996.
Apply for single person discount
Apply for single person discount - use this form unless there is a specific form above for your circumstances
The application process
For valid applications we will apply the discount to your account and send an amended bill. We usually apply the discount within a month but this can vary depending on our volume of work. We will determine the start date of the discount on a case by case basis.
If you stop being the only adult (over 18) living at a property please complete this form.