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Reductions to Council Tax bills

General

Council Tax bills can be reduced by:

The information given below is a guide only.  To apply for a discount or exemption, please email council.tax@npt.gov.uk or telephone 01639 686188.


Discounts

We base Council Tax bills on the assumption that there are two or more adults (that is, people aged 18 or over) living at the property.

If you’re the only adult (aged 18 or over) living in your home, you can claim a single person discount of 25%. This discount is awarded on your main home and not on second homes.

If you are claiming a discount because someone has moved out of your home leaving you as the only adult, please tell us their new address and the date they left.  This will help us check your claim as we need to establish that the property is no longer their sole or main residence. You will not be entitled to a discount if someone has left your home for a short period of time, or intends to return in the future.

There are also some people we do not count towards the number of adults living in a property. If we count only one adult, there will be a 25% discount; If we do not count any adults there will be a 50% discount.

he following information explains the circumstances in which people are not counted for council tax purposes and the evidence that is required when applying.

To apply for a discount, please email council.tax@npt.gov.uk or telephone 01639 686188.

Single Person Discount

Criteria: you are the only adult (aged 18 or over) living in your home,

Requirements: If someone has moved out, their forwarding address and date they moved out. You will not be entitled to a discount if someone has left your home for a short period of time, or intends to return in the future.

Child benefit payable

Criteria- People aged 18 or 19 years for whom you receive child benefit.

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property, together with proof of child benefit.

 

Recent school leavers under 20 years old

Criteria- People under the age of 20 who left school or college between May 1 and October 31, having finished a qualifying course of education in the same year.

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property together with a student certificate or a letter (on headed paper) from the school or college confirming the studies. This must confirm:

 

Students under 20 years

Criteria- People under the age of 20 who are studying for a qualifying course of education, which is not higher education (eg A-levels).

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property together with a student certificate or a letter (on headed paper) from the school or college confirming the studies. This must confirm:

 

Full time students

Criteria- People taking a full-time course of education at a college or university. The course must require at least 21 hours per week studying for 24 weeks of the year, at a prescribed educational establishment.

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property together with a student certificate or a letter (on headed paper) from the school or college confirming the studies. This must confirm:

*Note - a full time student is someone who is studying for at least 21 hours per week for 24 weeks of the year, at a prescribed educational establishment

 

Student nurses

Criteria- Nurses who are undertaking a full-time course of education at a college or university or following a course leading to registration under the Nurses, Midwives & Health Visitors Act 1979.

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property together with a student certificate or a letter (on headed paper) from the school or college confirming the studies. This must confirm:

Foreign language assistants

Criteria- A person appointed as a foreign language assistant at a school or college in Great Britain who is registered with the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges.

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property together with:

 

Youth trainees

Criteria- A person who is under the age of 25 years and undertaking training under a youth training arrangement.

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property, and the name and date of birth of the trainee, together with confirmation of the course they are undertaking. This should be from an official source, on headed paper.

 

Apprentices

Criteria- An apprentice must meet ALL of the following criteria:

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property, and details of the person's employment and their salary. This should include the name and address of the employer, the name of the training programme and subsequent qualification, course dates and the salary. The documentation should be provided by the employer on headed paper.

 

People in detention

Criteria- A person who is detained by a court order, for example in a prison or hospital. This does not include detention for non-payment of fines or council tax.

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property and that the person has been detained. This should include the date they were detained, the expected date of release, name of the establishment and any relevant reference. If someone else is dealing with this person's affairs please provide their name and address.

 

Severely mentally impaired

Criteria- A person who is confirmed by a doctor to be severely mentally impaired and is entitled to one of the qualifying benefits. The qualifying benefits are:

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property, the name and date of birth of the person who is believed to be severely mentally impaired, their doctor's name and address and details of any qualifying benefits that they receive. This can either be a copy of their payment book or an official letter and it must show the person's name, the type of benefit, the date it was awarded and the amount.

Carers

Criteria- To be classified as a carer for Council Tax purposes you will need to be resident in the same property as the person that you are providing care for. The person receiving care cannot be the spouse, partner or child (under the age of 18) of the carer. You will need to provide at least 35 hours of care each week and the person you are caring for must be receiving one of the following:

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property, the full name of the person providing care and receiving it, their relationship to each other (eg friend, son), the number of hours of care that is provided, the date on which the person became a carer and proof of the benefits received. This must show the person's name, the type of benefit, the date it was awarded and the amount.

 

Care workers

Criteria- To be classified as a care worker for Council Tax purposes you will need to be:

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property, the full name of the person providing care and receiving it and their relationship to each other (eg friend, son), together with an official document such as a contract confirming the number of hours of care provided per week, the date on which this commenced and the salary.

 

Hospital patients

Criteria- A person who has their sole or main residence in a hospital is disregarded in relation to that hospital.  Someone who is in hospital but returning to the home does not meet the criteria.

Requirements- Written confirmation from the hospital of the name and date of birth of the person and that they are resident there to receive medical treatment.

Residents of a nursing/care home or hostel providing care

Criteria- A person with their sole or main residence in a care home, independant hospital or hostel is disregarded in relation to that dwelling.

Requirements- Written confirmation from the home, hospital or hostel of the name and date of birth of the resident and that they are there in order to receive care or treatment.

International headquarters and defence organisations

Criteria- This relates to anyone who is a member of an international headquarters or defence organisation, as prescribed in the International Headquarters and Defence Organisations Act 1964. It also applies to their dependants.

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property and their membership of an international headquarters or defence organisation. This should be from an official source.

 

Diplomatic Commonwealth or consular privilege or immunity

Criteria- This relates to a person whose privileges and immunity are detailed by one of the following: 

They can also be a member of a specified organisation under the International Organisations Act 1968 or the head of an organisation specified in the Hong Kong Economic Trade Act 1996. They cannot be a British Citizen/subject.

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property and their consular privilege or immunity. This should be confirmed by an official source.

Visiting forces

Criteria- A member or a non-British dependant of a member of visiting forces.

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property and their status. This should be confirmed by an official source.

Religious community

Criteria- Members of a religious community where the main activities are prayer, contemplation, education and/or the relief of suffering. The person cannot have any income or capital of their own and they should be dependent upon the community for their material needs.

Requirements- confirmation of the number of adults resident in the property, the name and details of the religious community and details of any income and capital held by the individual.

Hostels/night shelters

Criteria- A person who has their sole or main residence in accommodation such as a home or night shelter, which is predominantly provided in units which are not self contained is disregarded in relation to that dwelling.

Requirements- Written confirmation from the hostel of the names and dates of birth of the people resident in their accommodation


Reductions for disabilities

To qualify for disabled relief, the disabled person

To qualify for a reduction your home must have at least one of the following

We may need to visit your property to confirm that it fulfils the necessary criteria.

If you qualify for a reduction, we will reduce your Council Tax bill to the amount payable in the next lowest band, for example if your property is in a band D we will reduce your bill to the Council Tax charge on a band C property. If you property is in a valuation band A, we will still be able to reduce your bill.


Exemptions

Some properties are exempt from Council Tax.  Some exemptions last for only a fixed period, while others last for as long as the property meets the exemption conditions.

We explain the main exemption classes below. There are three broad categories of exemption:

To apply for a Council Tax Exemption,  please email council.tax@npt.gov.uk or telephone 01639 686188.

Unfurnished properties where nobody lives

Uninhabitable (Class A)
Substantially Unfurnished (Class C)

Furnished properties where nobody lives

Persons Receiving Care (Class E & Class I)
Council Taxpayer Deceased (Class F)
Care Providers (Class J)

Furnished Properties where someone lives

Students (Class N)
Under 18’s (Class S)
Severely Mentally Impaired (Class U)
Annexes Occupied by Dependent Relatives (Class W)

The other exemption classes are listed below.

For more information on these, please contact the Council Tax Section on (01639) 68 61 88


Council Tax Support

You may be eligible for Council tax Support if you receive a low income. You cannot claim if you have savings of over £16,000 unless you are 60 or over and are receiving the guarantee element of pension credit.

You can still claim Council Tax Support if you are working.

The amount of benefit you get will depend on:

More information: A guide to Council Tax Support

How to apply for Council Tax Support

You can get an application form for Council Tax Support by:

 

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Last Updated: 27.10.2014 at 10:19

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