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Council Tax discounts

Apply for a Council Tax discount

To apply for a Council Tax discount, please email: counciltax@southlakeland.gov.uk.

Please quote your Council Tax reference and confirm which discount you would like to apply for, including how you meet the criteria. We may need to issue a detailed application form and conduct a visit.

Inform us of a change of circumstances that affects a discount

Appeal a Council Tax discount decision

Council Tax discount for uninhabitable and vacant properties

Two classes of 'local' discount have been available since 1 April 2013. We have set this discount at 100%.

  • uninhabitable property that requires, or is undergoing major works to render it habitable, or is undergoing structural alteration. This discount will apply for a maximum period of 12 months (as long as the property remains unoccupied and unfurnished)
  • dwellings which are vacant (unoccupied and unfurnished) for a period of up to six months since the date the property became vacant. If the property has been unoccupied and unfurnished before you bought or rented it, you may not be entitled to this discount. This is because the discount is based on the length of time that the property has been empty and unfurnished, regardless of who the liable person is.

When you apply for this discount, please confirm the date the furniture was removed and details of the work being carried out. We may need to issue a more detailed application form and conduct a visit.

Council Tax discount for annexes

From 1 April 2014 a discount of 50% has been introduced for annexes which are:

  • occupied by a relative of the person liable to pay the Council Tax for the main dwelling
  • unoccupied, provided it is being used as part of the main residence of the person liable to pay Council Tax for the main dwelling

Council Tax discount for job-related accommodation

A 50% discount is available to individuals who live in 'job-related dwellings' but who are liable for Council Tax on another property as their main residence.

Single person discount

The full Council Tax bill assumes that there are two adults who are 18 or over living in the property. If only one adult lives there as their main home, the bill may be reduced by 25%.

Council Tax discount for certain occupants

Some occupants are not counted towards the number of adult residents in a dwelling if the meet certain conditions.

They could qualify a discount as follows:

Discount percentage Discount reason
25% There is only one resident in the property
25% There is more than one resident but only one is counted for discount purposes
50% There is more than one resident but no one is counted for discount purposes
50% There is one resident who is not counted for discount purposes

Council Tax discount for people with a severe mental impairment

People with severe mental impairment are not counted when looking at the number of adult residents in a dwelling if they meet certain conditions, including being in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • highest or middle rate care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • an increase in Disablement Pension
  • Unemployability Supplement
  • Constant Attendance Allowance payable under the industrial injuries or war pension schemes
  • Unemployability Allowance payable under the industrial injuries or war pension schemes
  • Income Support, which includes a disability premium because of incapacity for work
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - standard and enhanced rate of the daily living component
  • Universal Credit which includes an amount in respect of the fact that the person has limited capability for work or work related activity

And by being stated to be such in a certificate from a registered medical practitioner.

Council Tax discount for care workers

Care workers are disregarded when counting the number of adult residents if they are:

  • working for low pay (not more than £44 per week), usually for charities and providing care for at least 24 hours a week
  • caring for someone in their home with a disability who is not their spouse, partner or child under 18. They must provide care for at least 35 hours a week and the person they are caring for must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
    • Attendance Allowance
    • highest or middle rate care component of Disability Living Allowance
    • an increase in constant attendance allowance under the industrial injuries or war pension scheme
    • highest rate of constant attendance allowance payable on top of full rate disablement benefit paid for an industrial injury
    • the standard and enhanced rate of the daily living component of PIP

Other occupants who qualify for a discount

Certain people are also not counted when looking at the number of adult residents in a dwelling, if they meet certain conditions:

  • school or college leavers who are under the age of 20 and left school or college on or after 1 May
  • apprentices employed for the purposes of learning a trade, business, profession, office, employment or vocation, undertaking a programme of training leading to an accredited qualification. The salary must be no more than £195 per week before any deductions for income tax and national insurance.
  • people who are a patient in hospital, which is their only or main home
  • people living in care homes (receiving care) as their only or main home
  • full-time student and student nurses. A full time course requires attendance for at least 24 weeks with at least 21 hours of study per week at a prescribed educational establishment
  • students under 20 on a qualifying course at or below the following standards:*
    • A level
    • higher Scottish certificate of education
    • national certificate of the Scottish vocational educational council
    • Scottish vocational qualification level 3
  • people staying in certain hostels or night shelters
  • members of visiting forces and certain international institutions
  • members of religious communities, for example monks and nuns
  • people in prison, except those in prison for non payment of Council Tax or fines

*The course must last for more than three calendar months with more than 12 hours of study per week. Tuition is usually carried out between 8am and 5.30pm.

Council Tax discount change in circumstances

If you have a Council Tax discount, you must notify us within 21 days if you think:

  • it should not have been given
  • it should have been less
  • there has been a change in circumstance that means the discount is wrong

Failure to do so could result in a penalty being imposed.

To inform us of a change in circumstances, email: counciltax@southlakeland.gov.uk.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Council Tax Reduction scheme to help those on low income to pay their Council Tax