Am I able to claim a reduction for living on my own?
If you are the only person over the age of 18 living in your home, your bill will be reduced by 25 per cent. A single person discount can be applied for by using the online form below or speaking with the revenues team on 01684 272034.
Once we have your application we will send a revised bill, usually within 7 days. Depending on your circumstances, it will normally be back-dated to when 'the resident' was (or became) a single person.
The following people are not included when counting the number of people who live in a property:
Full-time students, student nurses, apprentices and youth training.
Patients living in a hospital.
People being looked after permanently in care homes.
People who are severely mentally impaired.
People who are staying in certain hostels or night shelters.
18 and 19 year olds who are at or have just left school.
Care workers working for low pay, usually charities.
People caring for a disabled person (excluding partners or child under 18).
Member of visiting forces and certain international instructions.
Monks or nuns.
People in prison (except those in prison for not paying council tax or a fine).
Are there any reductions for people with disabilities?
If you or someone who lives with you (adult or child) who uses a wheelchair indoors or has an additional bathroom, kitchen or other rooms to meet special needs arising from a disability, they could be entitled to Disabled Persons Relief.
For properties in band B to H the relief is given by calculating your council tax bill on the valuation band lower than the one allocated to your property.
From the 1 April 2000 Disabled Person's Relief may also apply to band A properties. The reduction for a band A property will be calculated in line with other bands. The reduction ensures that disabled people do not pay more tax on account of space needed because of a disability.
If you think you may be entitled to a reduction, please contact our Revenue Services 01684 272034 for more information about receiving an application form.