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

For information about people who are exempt see guidance on who has to pay council tax from GOV.UK. Alternatively, find out more about property discounts and exemptions.

Reductions to your council tax bill

There are a number of ways in which your circumstances might impact on your council tax bill, some of which are detailed here.

Single Occupancy Discount

You may be eligible for Single Occupancy Discount if you're the only adult (18 years old and above) living in your home. If you qualify, then you are entitled to a 25% reduction to your council tax bill.

Student discount or exemption

If you are in full-time education at a registered college or university apply for a student council tax discount or exemption. If you qualify, then you will be exempt from council tax as a student.

Council tax may still be payable at the property depending on whether any other occupants, and if they are also students.

Council Tax Support

If you are on a low income or unemployed and own your own home you may qualify for Council Tax Support. If you're a tenant, a claim for Housing Benefit will automatically count as a claim for Council Tax Support.

Council Tax Discretionary Reduction

If you are struggling to pay your council tax bill, you may be able to apply for a reduction from the Council Tax Discretionary Reduction Scheme.

Severe Mental Impairment exemption

Those with certain medical conditions may qualify for Severe Mental Impairment Exemption and their carers may qualify for a carer's discount, you could get:

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

Council tax discount for people with disabilities

If your property has been adapted in some way to accommodate someone with a disability, you may be entitled to a council tax discount - get more information about council tax discount for people with disabilities.

Carers for people with disabilities may also qualify for a carer's discount.

Council tax exemptions for people in care

If you have had to move out of your property to receive care elsewhere, and as a result your property is vacant, you may be eligible for council tax exemptions for properties left empty by patients in care.

Assistance for carers

Those who provide care at an address they share with a disabled person can apply for a caring for disabled persons council tax discount.

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

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