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Council tax discounts

The council tax bill is based on at least two adults living in a property as their main home.

If only one adult, over the age of 18, lives in the property as their main home then they may be entitled to a 25% Single Person discount.

Certain people are not counted as being resident if they meet specific conditions.

For example:

  • persons for whom child benefit is payable
  • school and college leavers, under 20 years old
  • youth training trainees
  • apprentices 
  • students, student nurses and foreign language students
  • patients permanently resident in homes or hospitals
  • certain carers
  • severely mentally impaired persons
  • residents of hostels
  • persons in detention
  • members of visiting forces, or of international headquarters
  • members of religious communities
  • persons with diplomatic privileges and immunities

If you feel any of the above may apply to your household, you can apply for a discount using the online form or contact the Council Tax team.

Change in legislation to annexes from 1 April 2014

Some properties which are occupied by one household may have more than one Council Tax band because they are made up of more than one self-contained unit and each self-contained unit must have a separate Council Tax Band. The smaller unit is often referred to as an annex.

The Government has announced changes in legislation which means that Annexes could receive a 50% discount on their council tax bill for 2 years from 1 April 2014. In you live in an Annex you may be entitled to a 50% discount on your council tax if you are related to the person who is liable to pay the council tax of the main dwelling.

If you feel you may qualify, please complete our application form.

Failure to notify council of changes

If you fail to notify the Council promptly of any information which may affect your entitlement to a discount, exemption or Council Tax Support; without good reason; it may result in a £70 penalty being added to your Council Tax bill.

Other penalties / sanctions may also be imposed in relation to Council Tax Support fraud.

Last updated 14/03/2014

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Council tax enquiries

Address: Telford & Wrekin Council
Southwater One
Southwater Square
Southwater Way

Tel: 01952 383838

Fax: 01952 383993


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