Council tax discounts

Council tax and benefits – 31 July / 1 August

From 12:05am, Saturday 31 July until 4pm, Sunday 1 August, our online services for council tax accounts and benefit applications will not be available. This is due to essential maintenance.

Please do not try to use these services during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience. You can still pay your council tax online.

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