Council Tax discounts

You might be entitled to a reduction in your Council Tax, or be exempt from paying Council Tax.

Other Council Tax discounts

We don't count (disregard) certain people when we look at how many are living in a property for council tax purposes.

Certain people are not counted when working out the number of adults who live in your property. You can see these in the list below. 

If we don't count all residents and they fall into the same category, for example, because they are all students, the property may be exempt from council tax. See our Council Tax exemptions webpage for more information. 

When we are working out how many people live in a property, we do not count the following groups of people:

  • patients resident in hospital
  • people who are being looked after in care homes
  • people who are severely mentally impaired
  • people staying in certain hostels and night shelters
  • 18 or 19 year olds who are at or have just left school
  • care workers 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 forces and certain international institutions
  • members of religious communities (e.g. monks and nuns)
  • people in prison (except for non payment of Council Tax or a fine)
  • non-British spouses of students
  • people with diplomatic immunity
  • full time students, student nurses, apprentices and youth training trainees.

If all the people in the property are either full-time students or severely mentally impaired the property may be exempt from paying any Council Tax.