Your council tax bill is based on at least two adults living in a property. You may be able to get 25% off your council tax bill if:
- you live on your own
- the other people in your household are under 18 or not counted for council tax
This reduction is known as a single person discount.
In the system, use the 'Apply for Council Tax reductions' link to apply.
People who are not counted for council tax
These people are not counted (known as being 'disregarded') for council tax:
- an apprentice or youth trainee
- a full-time student or student nurse
- a school or college leaver
- a foreign language assistant
- a hospital patient
- a person in care or nursing home
- a person who is severe mental impairment [PDF, 134KB]
- a person in prison or held under the Mental Health Act / Immigration Act
- someone for whom Child Benefit is still being paid
- carers where the person being cared for is entitled to a qualifying benefit [PDF, 18KB]
- a person staying a hostel, night shelter or similar
- a member of international defence headquarters
- a member of a religious community
- a member of visiting forces
If a person is disregarded when we work out if any discounts should be applied to the bill, this does not affect their liability to pay the bill.
For example, a property might be jointly owned by two adults. If one of these people is disregarded then the bill would be for 75%, but both of the owners would be liable for that bill. The only exception to this rule is where one adult is a student.
Appeal our decision
You can appeal if you disagree with any decision relating to liability, discounts, reductions or exemptions.