You can apply for an exemption or discount if you live with adult who has a disability, a mental impairment or is a care worker. You can also apply if you get Child Benefit for an 18 year old.
Council Tax charges assume that at least two adults live in the home.
If you share a home with someone who is not counted as an adult for Council Tax purposes, you can claim a discount.
There are several circumstances where you can apply.
Child Benefit discount
If you live with an 18-year old for whom Child Benefit is paid, you could be eligible for a 25% discount.
Resident in care or hospital discount
If the person you normally live with is in long-term care or hospital and you currently live alone, you'll be entitled to a discount of 25% on your Council Tax bill. If the property is empty, you will not have to pay any Council Tax.
You can apply for a different type of exemption if your property is unoccupied because you're living elsewhere to provide or receive care. Apply for a providing or receiving care elsewhere exemption.
Disabled adult discount
If you live with an adult who is substantially and permanently disabled, your Council Tax charge will be reduced to the next lower valuation band.
If you're already on the lowest valuation band (band A), you'll get a discount.
Severe mental impairment exemption or discount
If you live with an adult who is severely mentally impaired, you could be eligible for a 25% discount. If you have a severe mental impairment and live alone, you will not have to pay any Council Tax.
If a carer lives with you, you could be eligible for a 25% or 50% discount.
Care leaver exemption or discount
A care leaver is a someone who:
- is at least 18 years old but not yet 26
- was, on their sixteenth birthday or at any time after that, looked after by a local authority
- is no longer looked after by a local authority
If you are the only adult resident in the property and qualify as a care leaver, you will not have to pay any Council Tax. If another adult lives with you, a 25% discount may apply, depending on your household circumstances.
How to apply
You can apply for a residents in care or hospital discount using our online form. For everything else, you should follow these steps.
- Download and print out the form that's right for you.
- Fill in the form. Make sure you don't miss any details.
- Post your completed form to our Customer Services team.
The address for our Customer Services team is: