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Council tax discount

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The full council tax bill assumes two adults (adult defined as aged 18 years or over). If only one adult lives in a dwelling (as their main home), the council tax bill will be reduced by a quarter (25%). If a dwelling is no-one's sole or main home, the bill may be reduced.

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If only one adult lives in the property as their main residence, your bill may be reduced by 25%. If you wish to apply for this discount, please complete the single person discount application form..

A single person discount only applies where there is only one person over the age of 18 resident who considers the property as their sole or main residence.  If there is more than one resident, the bill may still be reduced by 25% if all the other residents over the age of 18 meet the criteria for the following discounts:

  • full-time students
  • school leavers aged under 20
  • apprentice
  • youth trainee
  • resident in a hostel or nursing home
  • severely mentally impaired
  • member of a visiting force

To apply for one of these discounts, please complete the council tax conditional discount application form.

If you think you are no longer entitled to a single person discount, please complete the Council tax single person discount removal form.

Alternatively, the original occupier may be entitled to a second adults rebate if the new occupier is on a low income, not resident on a commercial basis and cannot be disregarded for council tax purposes.

pdf Housing and council tax benefit claim form (863kb)

If you are on a low income you can now make your claim for council tax reduction online. The council tax reduction claim form  is a secure form which you can save and come back to it at a later time. If you need help with the form please contact our Customer Services team on 01295 227002 during normal office hours

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