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Council Tax discounts, reductions and exemptions
A full Council Tax bill assumes that two adults live in the property. Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible for a Council Tax discount, reduction or exemption.
Council Tax Support
Council Tax Support helps people on low incomes pay their Council Tax. You may qualify for help with your Council Tax whether you are working or not or if you are self-employed. The amount of help you will get will depend on the people who live with you, your income, savings and the amount of Council Tax you pay.
Please note if you are claiming Universal Credit, it does not include Council Tax Support and you will need to make a separate claim. If you think you may qualify please claim straight away.
Single person discount
You pay full Council Tax if there are two or more adults living in your property. If you are the only adult (aged 18 or over) living in your home, you can claim a single person discount of 25%.
You can apply for single person discount if:
- You live alone or with children, as long as they are under 18.
- All other members of your household have moved out and you are now the only adult living in the property.
If someone aged 18 years or over who usually lives with you moves out for a short period of time and they intend to return home, a discount would not always apply as we would need to consider whether their main home has changed. For example, if someone goes on a long holiday, or where a partner works away from home or abroad, you would not usually qualify for a discount because your home is classed as their main home for Council Tax purposes.
You must notify us if you are no longer entitled to single person discount. The following types of change may affect your discount, and you should let us know if:
- Another adult comes to stay with you, and your property is their main home.
- A child living in your home reaches the age of 18.
Disabled person reduction
If you or someone who lives with you has a disability, and your home has been significantly adapted to meet the needs of a disabled person, you may qualify for a reduction in your Council Tax Bill.
Severely Mentally Impaired
We don't include people with "severe mental impairment" when we calculate Council Tax for a property.
You may be entitled to a reduction in your Council Tax if a person in your household is suffering from:
- Severe mental impairment
- Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease
- The effects of a stroke
- Severe learning difficulties
- Who have suffered such an impairment as a result of an injury
Severe mental impairment may be progressive, and many people (or their carers) may not realise that they are now entitled to a reduction.
To qualify, someone must be medically certified as having a condition that affects their intelligence and social functioning that appears to be permanent, and be entitled (but not necessarily receiving) at least one of a number of qualifying benefits.
If you or someone who lives with you is classed as severely mentally impaired, you may be entitled to a Council Tax discount or exemption.
If you or someone who lives with you is classed as a student, you may be entitled to a Council Tax discount or exemption.
Person in Detention
People in prison (except those in prison for non-payment of Council Tax or a fine) may be eligible for a discount or exemption.
If you or someone who lives with you is a youth trainee you may be entitled to a Council Tax Discount.
If you or someone who lives with you is an apprentice you may be entitled to a Council Tax Discount.
Person in Care
This form can be completed electronically and returned to us using our online evidence form.
Council Tax Discount for Care Workers
This form needs to be printed or typed in full and returned to us. Please note, you will need to save this form to your PC before completing it electronically.
Council Tax Single Person Discount Review
We are carrying out a review of all households within the Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council area claiming single person discount on their council tax bill. Further details can be found in the Information and Frequently Asked Questions leaflet.
Empty Property Premium
If you own a property which has been empty and unfurnished for 2 years or more, you will have to pay an additional 50% on your Council Tax. This is known as an Empty Property Premium and will show as a separate charge on your Council Tax bill. Further details can be found on the Information on empty or second homes webpage.
Some properties are exempt from Council Tax. If you own or live in a property described below you may be exempt from paying Council Tax.
If you believe your property falls into one of these categories please contact Customer Service on 01642 397108.
|Exemption Class||Empty properties exempt from Council Tax|
|B||Empty property owned by a charity (exempt for up to six months).
Apply online using our form.
|D||Property left empty by someone who is in detention.
Apply online using our form.
|E||Property left empty by someone who has moved to receive personal care in a hospital or home.|
|F||Property left empty where the resident owner is deceased and probate has not been granted – in some cases Council Tax liability transfers straight away to a beneficiary, see below *|
|FF||Property left empty where the resident owner is deceased and probate was granted less than six months ago – in some cases Council Tax liability transfers straight to a beneficiary, see below *|
|G||Empty because the law says the property cannot be lived in.|
|H||Property waiting to be lived in by a Minister of Religion.|
|I||Property left empty by someone who has moved to receive care elsewhere.|
|J||Property left empty by someone who has moved to provide care for another person.|
|K||Property left empty by student(s).|
|L||A repossessed property.|
|M||Halls of Residence for students.|
|N||Property only occupied by student(s).|
|O||UK Armed Force Accommodation.|
|P||Visiting Forces accommodation.|
|Q||Property left empty by a person who has become bankrupt and liability would fall to a trustee.|
|R||Empty caravan pitch or boat mooring.|
|S||Property only lived in by a person(s) under 18.|
|T||An unoccupied dwelling which is attached to another property, which may not be let separately.|
|U||Property only lived in by a person(s) who is severely mentally impaired.|
|V||Property occupied by a diplomat.|
|W||An annexe to a property occupied by a dependent relative of the occupants of the main home.|
* Please note, in some circumstances such as when a property is left to a beneficiary and the Will does not stipulate it must be sold; liability transfers straight to the beneficiary and the exemption will not apply.
Family Annexe Discount
If you have an annexe which is used by you or a family member, you may qualify for a discount.
To qualify the occupiers have to be related to the person liable to pay the Council Tax of the main dwelling. This reduction also applies where the occupiers of the main house are using the annexe as part of their main residence.