Claim a council tax discount
This page lists the types of council tax discounts that can be given and the categories of people who are not counted for council tax purposes
You may also be able to get help with your council tax bill if you are on a low income.
More information on how to claim, can be found on the make a new claim for housing benefit or council tax reduction page.
Any person, regardless of age, employed to learn a job, under taking training leading to a qualification recognised by the qualifications and curriculum authority (QCA) and not earning more than £195 per week before tax.
Students (or overseas students) on a full time or qualifying course of education are not counted.
A full time student is defined as someone who is enrolled in a full-time course of education at a prescribed educational establishment.
- A full time course of education must last for at least one academic year or for at least one full calendar year for those educational establishments that do not have academic years;
- Attend for at least 24 weeks in each academic or calendar year;
- Study for at least 21 hours per week;
or a person under the age of 20 undertaking a qualifying course of education
- a qualifying course is one which lasts for at least three calendar months, and is not a course of higher education;
- must require at least 12 hours per week to be spent on the relevant activities of the course;
or a foreign language assistant.
- are treated as students during any period that they are appointed at a school or other educational establishment anywhere in Great Britain;
- must be registered with the British Council;
Student nurses studying academic courses at universities are classified as full time students.
Student nurses will be disregarded if they are completing a course leading to registration on any of parts 1 to 6, 8, 10 or 11 of the register maintained under section 10 of the nurses, midwives and health visitors act 1979, as a first inclusion on that register.
A person who is the spouse, civil partner or dependant of a student is eligible for discount if that person is not a British citizen and is prevented by immigration regulations from taking paid employment or from claiming benefits whilst in the UK.
You are not counted if the hospital is your only main home. This applies to NHS hospitals only, where the hospital building is entered into the valuation list as a dwelling.
If you live, and are receiving care, in one of these places you are not counted so long as it is your only main home.
A person is classed as being severely mentally impaired if he or she suffers, for whatever reason, from severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent.
In order not to be counted for council tax purposes, a person should apply providing their GP details on the form so that the Council Tax team can submit a certificate to his or her GP for signing and thus confirming their impairment.
The person must also be entitled to one of a number of qualifying benefits.
A person whose main or only residence is a short stay hostel or night shelter, providing communal accommodation for persons with no fixed abode.
You must depend on the community for all your material needs and have no personal income (with the exception of any occupational pension due to former employment) or capital of your own.
Only members whose main work is prayer, contemplation, the relief of suffering, education or a combination of the above are counted.
You will not be counted if you are between the ages of 18 and 20 years old and in full time education undertaking a course of further education.
You will be disregarded for council tax purposes if you are:
- Providing care or support through a connection with the crown, a charity or local authority
- Employed for at least 24 hours a week
- Paid no more than £44 per week
- Resident where the care is given or in premises which have been provided for the better performance of work
- Providing care for a person who is entitled to one of the following state benefits:
- A higher rate attendance allowance
- The highest rate of the care component of a disability living allowance
- The appropriately increased rate of disablement pension
- An increase in a constant attendance allowance
- Resident in the same dwelling as the person to whom the care is provided
- Providing care for at least 35 hours a week on average
- Not a disqualified relative of the person being cared for
A disqualified relative is a person who is the spouse of the other or they live together as husband and wife, or the parent of the other, who is a child below 18 years of age.
This class includes people who are detained by order of the court, whether they are in prison, in a hospital or in any other place.
It does not include people in police custody until they are remanded in custody by a court, but it does include detention under the Immigration Act 1971 (deportation) and under the Mental Health Act 1983.
The disregard does not apply if they have been sent to prison for non-payment of council tax or default in paying a fine. It does apply if they are in prison for non-payment of business rates.
You will not be counted if you are a member of one of the above, or a dependant of a member.
A property occupied by a person associated to visiting forces.
The discount disregard applies to any person on whom privileges and immunities are granted by the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964, the Commonwealth Secretarial Act 1996, and the Consular Relations Act 1968 or the Commonwealth Countries and Republic of Ireland (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1985.
People under 20 who leave school or who finish a course at a further educational college after 30 April in any year are disregarded for discount purposes until the 1 November of the same year.
If a dwelling forms part of a single property and is occupied by a dependent relative (who is aged 65 or more) of the main dwelling occupant, the dependent relative is exempt from paying council tax if it is their sole or main residence.
Prior to 1 April 2014, a relative who was not a dependent relative of the main dwelling occupant, and was under 65, paid the normal council tax charge.
After 1 April 2014, they may now qualify for a 50% discount. This discount will be applied after taking into account any other discounts they are entitled to, for example a single occupancy discount.
If the annexe is unoccupied but is in use by the main householder then a 50% discount may also apply.
Please note: the above information is for guidance only and certain conditions may apply in order to qualify for a discount. If you require any further information on discounts, please contact the council tax team.
Council Tax Liability and Billing team (telephone and postal enquiries only), Local Taxation and Benefits, Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, DN31 1HU
Telephone: 0300 3030164 option 5