Discounts and disregards

Full council tax is calculated on the basis that at least two adults over 18 years of age reside in a property.

Single person discount

If only one adult is living in a property, and that property is their main or sole residence, the council tax will be reduced by a quarter (25 per cent). This is known as a single person or single occupier discount.

A discount may also be applicable if more than one adult lives in the property but all or some of the adults are not counted (known as 'disregarded persons')  for council tax purposes.

You can apply for a single person discount using My Account.

Complete your online single person discount review

Disregarded persons

Certain people can be 'disregarded' for Council Tax purposes. This means we do not count them when we are working out how many adults live in the property.

The following list shows the people that can be disregarded:

  • a person for whom child benefit is being received
  • an 18 or 19-year-old who has just left school or college
  • full time students
  • a student nurse
  • an apprentice
  • a youth training trainee
  • a patient resident in hospital
  • a person who is being looked after in a residential care home, nursing home, or hostel providing a high level of care
  • a person living with, and providing essential care for someone, for example due to disability, who is not their spouse, partner or child under 18
  • a care worker such as a community service volunteer
  • a person who is severely mentally impaired
  • a convicted or remand prisoner, unless in prison for non-payment of fines or the council tax
  • a person staying in certain hostels or night shelters
  • a person living in a religious community with no income of their own
  • a member of international headquarters or defence organisation
  • a member of a visiting force
  • a diplomat.

If you feel any of these apply, please contact us.