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Discounts and Reductions

Apply for Discounts and Reductions

Sole Occupancy

If you are the sole adult living in the property you will be entitled to a 25% reduction in your Council Tax.

Empty Property

If a property is left empty, unoccupied and unfurnished, it will receive a 3 month 100% discount.

Uninhabitable Property

If a property is deemed uninhabitable, requiring / undergoing major repairs or structural alteration, it will receive a 100% discount for six months from the day work is completed, or for a maximum period of 12 months, whichever is shorter, as long as it remains unoccupied and unfurnished.

If you consider that a property you own is uninhabitable, you should provide us with full details. The Council Tax visiting officer will have to carry out an internal inspection.

As a guide, a damp proof course, new windows, new kitchen / bathroom do not make a property uninhabitable for Council Tax purposes. If ownership of a property changes it will not renew entitlement to this discount.

Number of Residents

Certain people are not counted when calculating the number of residents in a dwelling, These are called 'disregarded persons'. If someone in your household falls into one of the specified classed listed you may be entitled to a discount.

The main categories are:

  • People in detention.
  • People who are severely mentally impaired.
  • 18 and 19 year olds in further education or whom child benefit is payable.
  • Students or student nurses.
  • Apprentices and Youth Training trainees.
  • Patients who live in a hospital or nursing home.
  • Some carers or care workers.
  • Disabled relief.

Other Discounts

Other areas for discount include residents of hostels, night shelters; members of religious communities whose main work is prayer, contemplation, education or relief of suffering.


With any discount we will seek confirmation of your status and eligibility. If you believe you are entitled to a discount please contact us immediately.

Change of Circumstances

Following the award of any discount you must notify us immediately if your situation alters and the circumstances giving rise to a discount change.

More Information

Further details regarding Council Tax discounts can be found at the Government's website: