- The full Council Tax bill assumes that there
are two adults living in a dwelling. If only one adult lives
in a dwelling (as their main home), the Council Tax bill will be
reduced by a quarter (25%) - to claim a single person discount
click on this link.
- If a dwelling is no-ones main home, from
1st April 2013 there will be no reduction in the
liability, which means that the liability for these scenarios will
be 100%. This applies to unoccupied furnished dwellings and
furnished second homes.
- A property that has been empty for a period
of up to six months since the last occupation date (as long as it
remains empty and unfurnished), can receive
a discount of 100% for up to three months, after which a 100%
- Newly built properties will receive a 100%
discount for 3 months, after which they will be liable for the full
- From 1st April 2013, uninhabitable
properties and empty properties undergoing structural alteration or
repairs, can now claim a 100% discount for a maximum period of 12
months, instead of an exemption (as long as the property remains
empty and unfurnished). After 12 months a 100% charge applies.
- Some people are not included when counting
the number of adult residents in a dwelling, providing they meet
the following conditions:
* Full-time students /
student nurses and their non-British spouses /
* Apprentices and Youth
* Patients permanently resident in hospital.
* People who are being looked after in care homes.
* People who are severely
* People staying in certain hostels or night shelters.
* 18 and 19 year olds
who are at or have just left school.
* Careworkers working for low pay, usually for charities.
* People caring for someone with a disability who is not a
spouse, partner or child under 18.
* Members of visiting overseas forces and certain
* Members of religious communities (monks and nuns).
* People in prison
(except those in prison for nonpayment of Council Tax or a
* Diplomats and members of international organisations
headquartered in the UK.
If you think you may be entitled to a discount, and this is not
shown on your bill you should contact
us. If your bill shows that an exemption or discount has
been allowed and your circumstances have changed please let us know straight away.
If you don’t you could be liable to pay a penalty of £70.
If you continue to fail to provide the correct information
you may be liable to pay a further penalty of £200.
If you would like to apply for a discount on your Council Tax
bill please contact us.