Council Tax discounts, reductions and exemptions

Who qualifies for a Council Tax exemption, discount or reduction, including students and single people.

Single and disregarded people

Council Tax is worked out based on the number of adults living in a property. 

      Some people are not counted, or ‘disregarded’, when working out how many people live in a property. This means you might be able to apply for a discount on your Council Tax bill if you get one.

      Single person discount

      You’ll get 25% off your bill if you pay Council Tax and you live on your own. To be eligible, your property must be your only or main place of residence.

      To apply, you first need to register or log in to My Account.

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      Who we disregard when working out your Council Tax bill

      Even if you're disregarded, you still need to apply for a discount, reduction or exemption.

      Students

      You’re disregarded if you’re: 

      • 18 or 19 years old and in full-time education 
      • a full-time student at college or university 
      • a foreign language assistant registered with the British Council 

      Find out more about student discounts and exemptions

      Carers and people who are severely mentally impaired

      You're also disregarded if you're:

      Apprentices

      You're also disregarded if you're an apprentice. 

      To apply for an exemption, you'll need to provide a letter from your employer confirming: 

      • the start and expected end date of your apprenticeship 
      • evidence that you earn no more than £195 per week 
      • proof you are enrolled on a course accredited by the National Council for Vocational Qualifications 

      Please contact us to apply.

      Contact customer services: Council Tax