There are a number of ways that your council tax could be reduced if you or your property meet certain conditions.
There are a number of council tax discounts available as follows:
A 25 per cent discount is available when you are the only person aged 18 or over who lives in your home. To apply for single person discount, please contact us.
A discount of up to 75 per cent is available to households where the people are of working age and have a combined low income. This discount is means tested. This means we look at the total income and the financial assets, such as bank accounts, bonds and shares, of all the people living in your home.
For households of pension age, a discount of up to 100 per cent is available. This is also means tested in the same way as the working age scheme.
More information, including how to apply, is available on the council tax support page.
A 50 per cent discount is available on a property that is currently being built, is being lived in and for which a notice of completion has been given. This discount is available while the property is being built up to a period of 12 months. To apply for a property in construction discount, please contact us.
Council tax does not apply to some properties if certain conditions are met.
An exemption can be applied to an occupied property when:
An exemption can be applied to an unoccupied property when -
More details are available in the exemption guide below:
Council tax exemption guide (pdf 178kb opens in new window)
To apply for an exemption, please contact us.
The full council tax is payable on a property when it is the main residence of two or more occupants aged 18 or over.
When counting the number of adults in a property, some people can be ‘disregarded’ if they meet certain conditions.
If you have anyone who lives in your household who is:
Disregards can also be considered for anyone who lives in your household who is:
A full list of council tax disregards is available in the disregard guide below:
Council tax disregard guide (73kb opens in new window)
To apply for any of the above discounts, please use this form to contact us.
If you or someone (adult or child) who lives in your home is disabled, your council tax banding could be reduced by one band if your property has one of the following features:
A property that is furnished but is not lived in as a main home, is known as a second home. There is no reduction available for a second home, except if someone must live there because of their employment, so the full council tax charge must be paid by the owner or renter as relevant.
A 50 per cent discount is available for an annexe (or similar self contained part of a home) that is lived in as part of the main home or is the main home of a family member. The annexe must have its own banding and be classed as a separate property.
A family member is a spouse, parent, child, grandparent, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece (and older generations of each, such as great grandparent).
If someone who is not a family member lives in the annexe, the discount does not apply. To apply, please contact us.
If you must live in a property because of your employment but it is not your main home, then you can receive a 50 per cent reduction on your council tax bill for your second property. You must be able to provide a contract of employment that states that it is a requirement of your job to live in the property. To apply, please contact us.
Properties that are not used by anyone as their main home and are unfurnished are referred to as empty properties.
There are no discounts available for empty properties.
If a property remains empty and unfurnished after two years, we will add a 50 per cent to your yearly bill, until it is occupied again.
If you are having difficulties paying your council tax bill you can apply to have your council tax reduced.
As there are no set conditions for awarding a reduction, we individually consider any applications.
We will need a range of information from you to make a decision including:
For more information, please see our council tax discretionary reduction policy.
Council tax discretionary reduction policy (pdf 619kb opens in new window)
You can apply for discretionary discount online.
If you think your council tax bill is wrong and believe you should have had a discount or exemption, you should contact the council who will help by looking into this for you.
If we do not agree with you, we will tell you how to appeal to the Valuation Tribunal:
Valuation Tribunal (external website)