Council tax reductions exemptions and discounts
Council Tax Discounts
These discounts are not means-tested and you do not have to be on a low-income to qualify for them.
SOLE ADULT OCCUPIER
If you are the only adult (over 18) living at the house, then you should be entitled to a 25% single person discount. To apply you will need to complete a single occupancy discount form
DISREGARDED ADULT CATEGORIES
Certain categories of people are not counted when looking at the number of residents in a property. These are listed below.
For example, if there are 2 adult residents, and one (or both) of those adults satisfies the conditions for one of the following categories, then 25% (or 50%) discount may also apply.
Discounts may also apply in households with more than 2 adult residents. Simply count up the number of adults in the following categories, deduct this number from the TOTAL number of adult residents, and if there are less than 2 persons leftover who are NOT disregarded, then discount may also apply. (ie: a total of 4 residents, one is a student & 2 are severley mentally impaired, leaves only one who is not disregarded so discount may apply).
The categories we DON'T count include:
FULL TIME Students
PART TIME students do not normally qualify for a discount, if you are in any doubt contact the admin dept at your college (they will issue you with a certificate if you qualify)
Severely mentally impaired persons
Full time Carers
Persons in Prison
Permanent Residents of Care Home /Hospital (Residential, Mental or Nursing)
Youth Training Trainees
Aged Under 20 & still at (or just left) school
Person who still has child benefit paid for them
People staying in certain hostels or night shelters
Monks & Nuns
From 1st April 2014, properties which are unoccupied & unfurnished may initially qualify for a 100% exemption from Council Tax, (For 1 month followed by 50% discount for 5 months from that date it was last occupied).
It is important to remember, that the property may have already had a share of the exemption if it was already unoccupied when you took over ownership or tenancy.
When a property is vacant due to major repairs or structural alterations, the a 50% discount discount applies for up to 12 months.
LONG TERM EMPTY PROPERTIES
Properties tht have been continuously empty for more than 2 years will be charges with a 50% premium i.e. 150% of the normal Council Tax.
Second homes no longer receive any discount from 1st April 2014.