You may be entitled to a discount or a full exemption on your council tax bill, depending on your circumstances.

See guidance on who has to pay council tax (GOV.UK).

Find out more about property discounts and exemptions.

Reductions to your council tax bill

You may be eligible for a reduction to your council tax bill in the following circumstances:

Single Occupancy Discount

If you're the only adult (18 years old and above) living in your home, you may be eligible for Single Occupancy Discount.

You're entitled to a 25% reduction in your council tax bill if you qualify.

Student discount or exemption

If you're in full-time education at college or university, apply for a student council tax discount or exemption.

We'll apply a 'full exemption' if your property is only occupied by full-time students.

You may still be eligible for a discount if your property is occupied by a mix of students and non-students - see our student council tax discount process for more information.

Council Tax Support

You can make a claim for Council Tax Support if you're on a low income or unemployed and own your own home.

If you rent and make a claim for Housing Benefit, this will automatically count as a claim for Council Tax Support.

Council Tax Discretionary Reduction

If you're struggling to pay your council tax, apply to our Council Tax Discretionary Reduction Scheme for a possible reduction.

Severe Mental Impairment exemption

You may qualify for Severe Mental Impairment Exemption if you have certain medical conditions, and your carer may qualify for a carer's discount.

You could get:

  • 100% council tax exemption if you have a severe mental impairment and live alone
  • 50% council tax disregard if you live with 1 qualifying carer
  • 25% council tax disregard if you live with 1 other person over 18 years old

Council tax discount for people with disabilities

You may be entitled to a council tax discount for people with disabilities if your property has been adapted for someone with a disability.

You may qualify for a carer's discount if you're caring for someone with a disability.

Council tax discounts and exemptions for annexes

Apply for a council tax exemption for occupied annexes if you have a dependent relative occupying an annex at your property who's either:

  • aged 65 or over
  • severely mentally impaired
  • substantially and permanently disabled

Annexes occupied by other relatives are entitled to a 50% discount.

Council tax exemptions for people in care

You may be eligible for council tax exemption for properties left empty by patients in care if:

  • you've had to move out of your property to receive care elsewhere
  • your property is vacant as a result

Assistance for carers

Apply for a caring for disabled persons council tax discount if you provide care at a property you share with a disabled person.

Apply for a council tax exemption for a property left empty by persons providing care if your own home is empty because you're providing care at someone else's property.

Bereavement and council tax

Find out how to report a bereavement at a property, as in some cases, we may be able to apply a council tax exemption or discount.

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