How your council tax is calculated

The full Council Tax bill assumes that there are two adults (over the age of 18) living in a property. The bill does not increase if more than two adults live at the same address.  

Click on the types of discounts below for further information...

  • Single person discount

  • Discounts for adults who are not counted in calculating Council Tax

    • You may be entitled to a reduction on your Council Tax bill if one or more of the adults in your house are not counted:

    • Students 

      Over 20 years old

      » Enrolled at an educational establishment which provides courses of further or higher education

      » Undertaking a full time course of education. A full time course is:

      - One academic year
      - At least 24 weeks of the year
      - Study, tuition or work experience must be an average of at least 21 hours per week

      Under 20 years old

      » Undertaking a qualifying course of education. A qualifying course is:

      - More than 3 calendar months
      - Must be for an average of at least 12 hours a week.

       Apply online here

    • Severely Mentally Impaired 

      A person who has a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent.

      The person must be entitled to one of the following benefits:

      » Employment and Support Allowance 
      » Unemployability Allowance, paid with Industrial Injuries or War Pensions 
      » Attendance Allowance 
      » Severe Disablement Allowance or Incapacity Benefit 
      » Disability Living Allowance, highest or middle rate for care 
      » Personal Independence Payments, Daily Living Component at either rate
      » Disablement Pension with an increase for constant attendance 
      » Constant Attendance Allowance paid with Industrial Injuries or War Pension 
      » Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance, with a Disability Premium because of inability to work
      » State Retirement Age- if you would have been entitled to one of the above benefits before you reached retirement age.  

       Apply online here

    • Apprentices

      » You must be learning a trade or profession
      » Undertaking a training programme that is accredited by the national Council for Vocational Qualifications
      » Not receiving an allowance or salary of more than £195 (excluding overtime and bonuses)

      Apply online here

    • Carers

      If you are caring for a spouse, partner or a person under the age of 18 you will not qualify as a carer for council tax purposes

      »The carer must live in the same property as the person they are caring for and  provide care for at least 35 hours per week.

      »There is no limit to the number of people that can be considered carer in a dwelling e.g. if two people are caring for an individual both carers could be disregarded provided they each fulfil the above criteria. 

      »The carer must provide care for a person who is entitled to one of the following benefits: 

          » Disability Living Allowance, highest or middle rate for care 
          » Personal Independence Payments, Daily Living Component at either rate
          » Attendance Allowance, higher rate
          » Constant Attendance Allowance paid with Industrial Injuries or War Pension 
          » Constant Attendance Allowance, highest rate on top of full rate Disablement Benefit paid for an industrial injury

      Apply online here

    • Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Residential Care Homes,

      People resident in a nursing home, hospital or residential care home

      »The move must be permanent 
      »The person must have moved straight from the property to the nursing home/hospital/care home

      Apply online here

    • School/College Leavers

      » Under 20 years of age
      » Has finished a full time course between 1st May and 31st October in any year 

       Apply online here

    • YT Trainee

      » You must be under 25 years of age
      » On an approved training plan under section 2 of the Employment and Training Act 1973

      Apply online here

    • Detained by Order of a Court

      » People in prison or detention - unless in prison for not paying Council Tax or non-payment of a fine 

      Apply online here

  • Reduction for disabled people

    • To be eligible for this reduction your home needs to have special facilities which are used by the disabled person who lives in the property:

      Your home must have at least one of the following:

      » a room which is mainly used by the disabled person

      » an additional bathroom or kitchen used by the disabled person

      » space inside the home to allow for the use of a wheelchair, if a wheelchair is used by the disabled person

      The reduction is the equivalent of your band being reduced to the band below or by a sixth if your property is in Band A.

      Apply online here

  • Family annex discount

    • A 50% discounts is available for annexes that are either being used as part of the main residence or are occupied by relatives of the person who is responsible for the council tax on the main properties.

      If you think you may be entitled to this discount, contact our council tax section.

  • Occupied properties which are exempt

    • If certain groups occupy a property they can be exempt from paying Council Tax, the properties which are exempt are:

      » Occupied only by people under 18, contact our council tax section.

      » Occupied only by people who are severely mentally impaired - Apply online here

      » Occupied only by full time students or student nurses - Apply online here

      » Where the property is part of another property and a dependent relative lives in it, such as a ‘granny flat’ or annex, contact our council tax section.


  • Unoccupied and unfurnished properties

    • If your property becomes unoccupied and substantially unfurnished the following reductions may apply:

      » The first 3 months - A 100% discount will be given from the date of vacation for a period of up to 3 months.

      » After 3 months and up to 6 months -
      If the property remains unoccupied and substantially unfurnished a 25% discount will be given so the council tax charge will be 75% of the full charge for the property.

      If you think you may be entitled to this reduction, contact our council tax section.

  • Properties undergoing or requiring major repairs or alterations

    • Where a property is unoccupied and unfurnished and requires or is undergoing major repairs or structural alterations, a reduction of 100% for up to 12 months can be claimed.

      Evidence is required for this discount and the council may wish to inspect the property to verify its condition or what work is taking place - Apply online here 

      You can find more information and advice on how to bring your empty property back into use on the empty residential properties page.

  • Unoccupied properties which are exempt

    • Properties that are empty for certain reasons can be exempt from Council Tax, these properties are:

      » Owned by a charity are exempt for up to six months from vacation providing that when they were last occupied they were being used for the purpose of the charity.

      » Left empty by someone who is a permanent resident in a hospital, residential or nursing home or in prison/detention

      » Left empty by someone who has left to receive care from another person

      » Left empty by someone providing care for another person

      » Left empty that were last occupied by a full-time student who is the owner or leaseholder

      » Left empty because someone has died are exempt where probate has yet to be made and for up to six months after probate has been granted

      » Left empty because they have been repossessed or are the responsibility of a trustee in bankruptcy

      » Left empty because occupation is not allowed by law

      » Waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion

      If you think you may be entitled to this reduction, contact our council tax section.
  • Discretionary reductions to council tax

    • Extra help with your Council Tax may be available if:

              » You are affected by the changes made to council tax discounts and 
                  exemptions for unoccupied properties introduced from April 2013, or

              » Your council tax support does not meet your full council tax liability

    • The scheme is purely discretionary; there is no statutory right to a reduction in council tax. However, if you disagree with our decision, you (or someone else representing you) may request a review. This should be submitted in writing within one calendar month of the original decision. A different officer will look at the original decision and the additional evidence supplied.

    • Discretionary help with Empty Property Charges

      This  only applies if you have been affected by the changes made to council tax discounts and exemptions from April 2013.You must show you need additional financial help. 
      Apply online here

    • Discretionary help with Council Tax Support

      This applies if you receive Council Tax Support but it is not enough to pay your full Council Tax liability. You must show you need additional financial help.  

      Download a form 


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