Wealden District Council

Council Tax FAQs - Reducing your council tax

There are a number of discounts that can reduce your Council Tax which are separate from Council Tax Benefit or Support.

Council tax is calculated on the basis that there are at least two adults living in a property (18 and over). If only one adult lives in the property then a 25% discount will apply. This is called single occupier discount.

In certain situations you may be able to claim a discount even if you do not live alone. certain individuals are disregarded and are not counted for council tax when we calculate the bill. We would call this a disregard discount.

If all but 1 occupier is disregarded a 25% discount will be given. If all the occupiers are ignored a 50% discount, or in certain circumstances an exemption, could be given.

If there are more than two adults living in a property we must be able to disregard all but one of them for any discount to be granted.

In some cases a property can be classed as exempt from Council Tax. This means that there will be nothing to pay. Some exemptions last for a limited time and some could be for an indefinite period of time, or until circumstances change.

From 1 April 2014 a 50% discount is available if an annexe is occupied by a relative of the Council Tax payer for the main property or where it is used as part of the main property.

Discounts and exemptions can be applied to occupied and unoccupied property.

If you think you are eligible for a reduction in your council tax then please complete the online Single Person Discount Form or download a copy (pdf). Please make sure that you have read the Frequently asked questions below before you complete the form.

Frequently asked questions about council tax discounts

Discounts on occupied properties

Question:

What discounts are available on occupied properties?

Answer:

You can claim a 25% discount if you live alone. If someone is working away from home, or on holiday, it will not count as a change of home and we won’t be able to grant any discount, even if it jus...

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Discounts for students

Question:

What if I am (or someone living in my home is) a student?

Answer:

Most full time students are ignored or “disregarded” when we calculate the council tax bill for a property. The course must last for at least one academic year and involve at least 21 hours study p...

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Discounts for apprentices

Question:

What if I am (or some who lives with me is) an apprentice?

Answer:

Apprentices are ignored or “disregarded” when we calculate the council tax bill for a property.  For council tax purposes an apprentice is someone who is over 18 living in the property and meets th...

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Disregarding over 18 year olds qualifying for child benefit

Question:

What if I live with my son/daughter who is over 18 and I still get child benefit for them.

Answer:

If you have a son or daughter at home, who is 18 or over and still receives child benefit they will be ignored or "disregarded" when we calculate the council tax bill. You will get a discount until...

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Discount or exemption for those in residential care or hospital

Question:

What if I am (or someone that lived with me) is now a resident in a care home or hospital?

Answer:

If a person has left home permanently and moved into a hospital, nursing home or residential care home to receive care or treatment, a discount or exemption could apply.

A discount can be g...

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Discount or exemption for those with a severe cognitive impairment

Question:

What if I suffer (or someone I live with suffers) from a severe cognitive disorder or impairment.

Answer:

If someone that lives alone, or lives with you, is suffering from permanent severe cognitive impairment, that person will be ignored or “disregarded” for council tax purposes. This means that we wo...

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Discount for disabled adaptations

Question:

What if I am disabled and my property has been altered to meet my needs?

Answer:

Having a disability does not automatically mean that you will get a discount in your council tax. We can grant a discount if a property has been altered to meet the needs of a disabled person. Adap...

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Exemption for a dependant's annexe

Question:

What if my property has an annexe that is lived in by a dependant relative?

Answer:

If your property has an annexe that is occupied by a dependant relative you can claim an exemption on that annexe, providing your relative meets the following criteria.

Your relative must e...

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Discount for carers

Question:

What if I am (or someone that I live with is) a carer or care worker?

Answer:

There are two types of carer that are ignored or "disregarded" for council tax and we won’t take them into account when we calculate the bill.

There are carers who look after a member of th...

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Discount or exemption if a person is in prison

Question:

What if I am (or someone I lived with is) now in prison?

Answer:

If someone has gone into prison a discount or exemption could apply on the person's home. This depends on how many people now live there. A discount can be granted if there is now only one adult li...

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Exemption for properties occupied by under 18s

Question:

What if my property is occupied only by people aged under 18?

Answer:

If a property is occupied by people who are all under 18, or if someone under 18 lives alone, the property will be exempt and you won’t have to pay any council tax. This is because a person can’t b...

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Discount for properties occupied by a religious community

Question:

What if my property is only occupied by members of a religious community?

Answer:

People who are members of religious communities are ignored or “disregarded” when we calculate the council tax bill for a property. They must spend most of their time in prayer, contemplation, educ...

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Exemption for armed forces personnel

Question:

What if my property is occupied by armed forces personnel?

Answer:

If a property that is owned by the Ministry of Defence is occupied by UK armed forces personnel, it will be exempt from council tax. If the property is unoccupied, it will also be exempt from counc...

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Exemption for visiting forces personnel

Question:

What if my property is occupied by visiting forces personnel?

Answer:

If a property is occupied by visiting forces personnel it will be exempt. The property would also be exempt if it was occupied by a dependant of a member of a visiting force. Providing that the dep...

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Discount for accommodation connected to my job

Question:

What if I live in accommodation that's related to my job?

Answer:

If the terms and conditions of your job mean that you have to live in accommodation provided with your job. And you have moved out of your main home, you can claim a 50% discount in your council ta...

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Exemption for diplomats

Question:

What if I am (or is someone that I live with is) a diplomat or has diplomatic immunity?

Answer:

A person who is a diplomat, or benefits from diplomatic immunity, is ignored or "disregarded" for council tax. This means that we won’t take them into account when we calculate the bill. The only e...

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Discount for unused services

Question:

Do I get a discount if I don't use all of the services that I'm paying for, or if the services are not provided?

Answer:

Council tax is not a charge that is made specifically for services that you use or receive. The charge that you pay is a contribution to the overall cost of providing all of the services in your ar...

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