People not counted as liable to pay Council Tax

Council Tax discounts are calculated based on the number of adults in a property. However, some people such as students and care workers are "not counted" (disregarded) when we work out how many adults live in a property.

If only 1 of the adults living in your home is counted, you can get a 25% discount. For example, a house with 1 care worker and one other adult would get this discount.

If all the adults living in your home aren't counted, you can get a 50% discount. For example, a house of 4 apprentices would get a discount.

These people are not counted as adults for Council Tax:

  • persons for whom child benefit is payable, up to the age of 20     
  • youth training trainees
  • apprentices
  • students, student nurses and foreign language students
  • patients permanently resident in homes or hospitals
  • certain carers
  • severely mentally impaired persons, including those with dementia, Parkinson's disease, those who have suffered a stroke, or those with severe learning difficulties
  • 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 our online web form.

Apply for a Council Tax discount/exemption for occupied properties

Last updated: 11.21am on Monday 23 September 2019

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