Reductions For Residents

 

Single resident discount

If there is only one adult (person aged over 18 years) resident at the property, you will receive a 25% reduction to your Council Tax

 

Disabled reduction

Please see the reductions for occupied properties page for information about Council Tax reductions on the grounds of disability. 

 

Other discounts

The number of people resident at a property and their current situation may affect the amount of council tax due for that property. Please check the table below to see if you or a member of your household are entitled to a reduction. Further notes, if necessary, are available at the bottom of this page.

If there is a change to the circumstances under which the exemption/discount was awarded, you must notify the council within 21 days. If you fail to notify the council within this time a penalty may be imposed. These reductions will apply all the time the residents fit the required category and there are no changes to the legislation.

 

Person related reductions
Description
Notes
Apply
Second adult rebate
Members of International Headquarters and Defence Organisations 
Members of a religious community with no income or capital
School or college leaver aged under 20 who ceased a qualifying course of education between 30th April and 1st November 
 
Person or dependent who is a member of a visiting force 
Non British citizens whose spouses are students
Non British citizens on whom privileges and immunities are conferred by the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964
Patients resident in an NHS hospital 
 
Foreign language assistants appointed at an educational establishment in Great Britain
Severely mentally impaired persons in receipt of certain benefits
Student nurse taking a qualifying course (non-project 2000)
Persons serving a prison sentence, on remand or detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 
 
Persons receiving care or treatment in a nursing home 
 
Full time student taking a qualifying course of education 
Apprentice earning under £195.00 per week
Person living in a hostel or night shelter 
 
Residential care worker employed on behalf of a relevant body for more than 24 hours per week at wages of less than £44.00 per week 
Person who provides care (other than to a spouse or partner or a child under 18) for at least 35 hours per week 
Apply
18 and 19 year olds for whom another person is entitled to child benefit 
  Apply
Youth training trainee under 25 years of age 

 

Notes

Second Adult Rebate

You may be entitled to a second adult rebate if you are unable to claim the single resident discount due to living with an adult who can’t contribute towards Council Tax. Your bill may be reduced, regardless of your own earnings and savings, because other people who live with you are on benefit or a low Income. The rebate amount is based on the second adult's gross income. A second adult must:

  • Not be your husband, wife, partner or civil partner
  • Not be jointly liable for the Council Tax
  • Not qualify for any other Council Tax Discount
  • Not pay rent to you 

Apply

 

Members of International Headquarters and Defence Organisations (Disregard category A)

A person (or dependant of a person) may be disregarded if they work for members of a designated international organisation, including Shape, Saciant, Cinchan, Chancommittee, Commairchan, Cinceastlant and Commaireastlant. Apply

 

Members of a religious community (Disregard category B) 

A person may be disregarded if they are a member of a religious community whose main occupation consists of prayer, contemplation, education, or relief of suffering. Apply

 

Person or dependent who is a member of a visiting force (Disregard category D)

Applies to both military and civilian attachments. Apply

 

Non British citizens whose spouses are students (Disregard category E)

A non British citizen may be disregarded if they are the spouse or dependant of a student and are prevented by the terms of their leave to remain in the UK from taking paid employment or claiming benefits. Apply

 

Non British citizens on whom privileges and immunities are conferred by the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964 (Disregard category F) 

A non British citizen may be disregarded if they have privileges and immunities under one of the following:

  • Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964
  • Commonwealth Secretariat Act 1966
  • Consular Relations Act 1968
  • International Organisations Act 1968
  • Commonwealth Countries and Republic of Ireland (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1985
  • Hong Kong Economic Trade Act 1996

and is not:

  • A British citizen
  • A British dependent territories citizen
  • A British national (overseas) or British overseas citizen
  • A British subject under the British Nationality Act 1981
  • A British protected person
  • A permanent resident of the United Kingdom. 

The diplomat must also not have another home within the UK which is their main residence. Apply

 

Patients resident in an NHS hospital

Short term hospital visits have no effect on the Council Tax owed on a property. If, however, someone is in hospital long term, then you may qualify for one of the following:

If you are applying on behalf of a long stay hospital which has Council Tax liability, please complete the Disregard Category H form

 

Foreign language assistants appointed at an educational establishment in Great Britain (Disregard category L) 

A person may be disregarded if they are a foreign language assistant registered with the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges. They must be appointed at a school or other educational institution in Great Britain. Apply

 

Severely mentally impaired persons in receipt of certain benefits (Disregard category M) 

A person may be disregarded if they are severely mentally impaired. These are persons with severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent. This must be certified as such by their doctor, or medical practitioner. In addition, they must also be entitled to one of a number of benefits including certain invalidity pensions, disability allowances, unemployability allowance or attendance allowance. The qualifying benefits are listed on the application form. Apply

 

Student nurse taking a qualifying course (non-project 2000) (Disregard category N) 

A student nurse may be disregarded if they are undertaking a course which would lead to registration on any part 1-6 or 8 of the Register under Section 10 of the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979. This must be the first inclusion on that register. A copy of the student certificate will be required. Apply

 

Full time student taking a qualifying course of education (Disregard category S) 

A student taking a qualifying course (including project 2000 nurses, health visitors and student midwives) may be disregarded. They must be undertaking a qualifying course of education with a prescribed educational establishment. A copy of the student certificate will be required unless the university is Chichester, as a list will provided to us automatically. Apply

If all residents are full time students, an exemption should apply. Please see the reductions for occupied properties page for more information and to make an application. 

You are classed as a full-time student for council tax if:

  • you are 18 or over and at college, university or similar;
  • your course lasts at least 24 weeks in the year; and
  • it involves at least 21 hours of study a week; and
  • the college or university considers your course to be full-time.

In addition:

  • you are also classed as a full-time student if you are 18 or 19 and on a non-advanced course like A-Levels that lasts at least three months and involves at least 12 hours of study a week.
  • your college or university must be in the UK or the European Union, you don't have to attend; you can be engaged in distance learning as long as you meet the other student criteria
  • you must live in the UK.

 

Apprentice earning under £195.00 per week (Disregard category T)

Must be undertaking a programme of training leading to a profession accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Must be employed at a salary or in receipt of an allowance which together are no more than £195 per week. A letter or certificate from the employer will be required. Apply

 

Residential care worker employed on behalf of a relevant body for more than 24 hours per week at wages of less than £44.00 per week (Disregard category W1) 

A person providing care and/or giving support may be disregarded. They must be:

  • Employed by a relevant body (local authority or charity)
  • Engaged or employed for at least 24 hours per week
  • In receipt of less than £44 per week
  • Living at the same property as the person they are caring for

We will need to see evidence of earnings. Apply

 

Person who provides care (other than to a spouse or partner or a child under 18) for at least 35 hours per week (Disregard category W2)

A person providing care may be disregarded, as long as the person they are caring for is not their spouse (or person they live with as husband and wife) or their child (if the child is under 18). The person providing care must live with the person being cared for and providing care for at least 35 hours per week. The person being cared for must be in receipt of, or entitled to, any of the following benefits:

  • An attendance allowance under Section S65 of the Social Contributions and Benefits Act 1992
  • The middle or highest rate of the care component of a disability living allowance under Section 72(4) of that Act
  • An increase in the rate of the disablement pension to the highest amount determined under Section 104 of that Act
  • An increase in a constant attendance allowance
  • The standard or enhanced rate of the Daily Living Component of the Personal Independence Payment
  • An Armed Forces Independence Payment 

We will need to see evidence of benefit entitlement. Apply

 

Youth training trainee under 25 years of age (Disregard category Y) 

A youth trainee may be disregarded if they are under 25 and undertaking training with an individual training plan as specified under Section 2 of the Employment & Training Act 1973. We will need to see a letter of certificate from the training agency confirming the person is undertaking an approved training scheme. Apply