Council Tax Discounts
The full Council Tax bill assumes that there are two adults (aged 18 years or over) living in a property (as their main home). If only one adult lives there as their main home, the Council Tax bill is reduced by 25%. This is known as a single person discount.
Discounts for empty properties changed from 1st April 2013.
Where no adult occupies a furnished dwelling as their sole or main residence (known as 'second homes') the discount was set at 10%. From 1 April 2013 this discount has been removed thereby placing second homes on the same basis as normal homes with a nil discount.
From 1st April 2013, if a property becomes empty and unfurnished it will attract a 100% discount for a maximum period of one month, then a nil discount (100% charge) for the remaining period.
You can now apply online for a single occupancy discount by completing our on line form
Certain people are not counted when looking at the number of adults resident in a property. They are disregarded if they are one of the following:
If you think you are eligible for a discount or reduction, click the appropriate link to complete a form on line or to get further information.
See also Disabled Person Band Reduction
You should advise the Council immediately any changes occur that may stop the entitlement to receive the reduction in the Council Tax bill.