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Reducing your bill - discounts & exemptions

Discounts and exemptions

The full bill assumes that at least two adults live in the property.  You may be able to reduce your bill if any of the following apply to you:

  • 25% discount - This can be where only one adult is counted as living there (usually called a Single Person Discount) or if other adults are not counted for Council Tax purposes i.e. Students
  • Annexes - A 50% discount for people living in annexes if they are related to the person who is named on the bill for the main property.  This also applies to annexes which are part of the main dwelling but are unoccupied
  • Severely Mentally Impaired - This reduction may apply for a person who has a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent and can also apply when someone else lives with them i.e. a carer.  We will need a medical certificate from a registered medical practitioner and the person must be receiving or entitled to one of the following benefits:
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • the highest or middle rate care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • an increase in the rate of disablement pension for constant attendance
  • a disability element of working tax credit
  • an unemployability supplement Constant Attendance Allowance payable under the industrial injuries or war pensions schemes
  • an unemployability allowance under the industrial injuries or war pensions schemes
  • Income Support which includes a disability premium because of incapacity for work

If you think that you are entitled to claim an exemption, discount or benefit then contact us at

You can find more information about discounts or exemptions and who is and isn't counted for Council Tax purposes by visiting the GOV.UK website.

Discounts for Empty Properties

From April 2016 we removed all discounts which could previously be claimed and applied to empty properties and second homes.

Also, since April 2013 any homes which have been empty and substantially unfurnished for two years or more will have an additional premium applied. From  April 2019 this will be 200% of council tax payable in relation to that property and will gradually increase to a maximum of 300% by 2021.

Both decisions were taken under the Local Government Finance Act 1992 which inserted a new section (11B) which allowed local authorities to review and reduce the level of discounts.  A public consultation which was undertaken in 2015 also supported the removal of discounts for second homes and empty properties.

Copies of the relevant legislation and Council reports can be found online.