You may be able to reduce the amount you have to pay.
If you apply for a discount or exemption, you must continue to pay your current instalments until your bill is amended.
Full time students
If someone in your household is over 18 years old and a full time student, you may be able to claim a discount.
A full time student must be enrolled on a course with a prescribed educational establishment. This may be anywhere in the European Union provided it is mainly for the purpose of providing further or higher education.
To count as a full time student for council tax purposes, the course must:
last for at least one academic or calendar year
require you to attend for at least 24 weeks out of the year and
require you to study for at least 21 hours per week during term time
If you are studying for a qualification up to A level and you are under 20, the course must:
last for more than three months and
require you to study for more than 12 hours per week
If someone in your household is a student nurse, you may be able to claim a discount.
A student nurse must be:
- enrolled on a course with the College of Nursing and Midwifery or College of Health and
- taking a course which leads to an appropriate registration under section 10 of the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979