Discounts on Council Tax
You are not counted if you are employed to learn a trade, business, profession, vocation or office of employment and your salary is no more than £195 per week.
Young persons in training
You are not counted if you are under 25 years of age and are receiving approved training funded by the Learning and Skills council.
Full time students
Students (or overseas students) on a full time or qualifying course of education are not counted for Council Tax purposes.
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
- treated as a student 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.
School or college leavers
A resident who is under the age of 20 years and has ceased to undertake a qualifying course of education or full time course of education after the 30 April and before 1 November in that year.
Non-British spouses of students
A person who is the spouse or dependant of a student is eligible for discount if the spouse or dependant is not a British Citizen and is prevented by immigration regulations from taking paid employment or from claiming benefits whilst in the UK.
Resident hospital patients
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.
People living in care homes, independent hospitals and hostels providing a high level of care
If you live in and are receiving care in one of these places you are not counted so long as it is your only main home.
Council Tax Support Scheme
You may also be able to get help with your Council Tax bill if you are on a low income. More information on this, and how to claim, can be found by viewing our Council Tax Support Scheme page.
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.
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