More Discounts

More Discounts

A number of Council Tax discounts can be claimed as long as certain criteria is met.

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.

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Recent School Leavers under 20

  • 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:
    1. The student's name
    2. Date of birth
    3. Name and level of the course
    4. Start and end date of the course

Students under 20

  • 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:
    1. The student's name
    2. Date of birth
    3. Name and level of the course
    4. Start and end date of the course

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:
    1. The student's name
    2. Date of birth
    3. Name and level of the course
    4. Start and end date of the course
    5. Hours of study required

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:
    1. Proof of registration with the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges
    2. Proof of appointment as a foreign language assistant at a school or other educational establishment

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.

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Apprentices

  • Criteria: An apprentice must meet ALL of the following criteria:
    1. Employed for the purpose of learning a trade, business, profession, office, employment or vocation
    2. Undertaking a programme of training leading to a qualification accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
    3. Receives a salary and/or allowance which is no more than £195.00 per week
  • 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.

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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.

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Carers

You can be classified as a carer for Council Tax purposes if you are employed to provide care or if you are providing care on a voluntary basis.

Employed carer

Criteria: To be classified as a paid carer for Council Tax purposes you must be:

  • Criteria: To be classified as a paid carer for Council Tax purposes you must be
    1. Resident in the same property as the person you are caring for and your accommodation is provided by them
    2. Employed to provide this care and you were introduced through a charity or local authority
    3. Earning no more than £44.00 per week
    4. Be employed for at least 24 hours per week

Voluntary Carers

Criteria: To be classified as a voluntary carer for Council Tax purposes you must 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 must provide at least 35 hours of care each week
  • The person you are caring for must be receiving one of the following:
    • Attendance Allowance  at any rate
    • The middle or highest rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance
    • Highest rate of Constant Attendance Allowance
    • The daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
    • Armed Forces Independence Payment

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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.

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

 

You may also be entitled to a discount if you qualify under one of the following categories:

  • A member of an international headquarters or defence organisation, as prescribed in the International Headquarters and Defence Organisations Act 1964
  • A person with diplomatic Commonwealth or Consular privilege or immunity who is not a British Citizen/subject.
  • A member or a non-British dependant of a member of visiting forces.

How to Apply?