Council tax discounts

£150 energy bill rebate for council tax bands A to D

The government is providing a £150 one-off energy bills rebate for households in bands A to D, registered for council tax at 1 April 2022, except where the property is empty or a second home. For information on when and how you will receive the rebate, go to £150 energy bill rebate. To download the government's leaflet, go to your council tax bill explained.

Council tax and benefits online – 8 October

From midnight to 1pm, Saturday 8 October, due to essential maintenance work our online services for benefits and managing council tax accounts will not be available. Please do not try to use these services during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Discounts if you live with people who don't count as adults for council tax

You get a discount if you live with people who don't count as adults for council tax.

Who isn't counted for council tax

These people are not counted as adults for council tax:

  • children under 18
  • people on some apprentice schemes
  • 18 and 19 year-olds in full-time education
  • full-time college and university students
  • young people under 25 who get funding from the Skills Funding Agency or Young People's Learning Agency
  • student nurses
  • people with a severe mental disability
  • live-in carers who look after someone who isn't their partner, spouse or child
  • foreign language assistants registered with the British Council
  • diplomats

Discount for apprentices

To qualify for a discount as an apprentice you must:

  • have a declaration from your employer
  • be paid no more than £195 a week
  • be on a training programme for a qualification from a body recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)

Apply for a council tax discount – apprentice

Discount for students

Students can apply for a council tax discount using the form below.

Apply for a council tax discount – student

Discount for people with severe mental impairment

You can apply for a council tax discount on behalf of a person with severe mental impairment, using the form below.

Apply for a council tax discount – severe mental impairment