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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
If you are 18 or over and live on your own you may qualify for a 25% discount.
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 maybe 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.
Council Tax discounts and who they apply to
- A 25% discount may apply if only one eligible person lives in the property
- A 50% discount may apply if all the occupiers of the property are eligible for discount
If you live with someone in one of these categories you may be entitled to a discount
- Full-time students (including student nurses), apprentices and youth trainees
- People being looked after permanently in care homes, nursing homes or hospitals
- People who are severely mentally impaired
- People staying in certain hostels or night shelters
- 18 to 20 year olds who are in full time education or for whom you are in receipt of child benefit
- Care workers working for low pay, usually for charities
- People caring for those with a disability who is not a spouse, partner, or child under 18
- Members of visiting forces and certain international institutions
- Members of religious communities (monks and nuns)
- People in prison (except those in prison for non-payment of Council Tax or a fine)
Please contact us if you are not sure if your circumstances apply to one of these categories.
- Apply for Council Tax discount - Person in care
This form can be completed electronically and returned to us using our online evidence form.
- Apply for 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 properties and second homes
If you own an empty property or second home, the amount of Council Tax you pay will depend on the following classes.
|Class A||Furnished properties/second homes which have a restricted use e.g. holiday chalets||Full council tax|
|Class B||Furnished properties/second homes||Full council tax|
|Class A and B exception||Liable person living in defined job related accommodation||50% discount|
|Class C||Empty and unfurnished properties||Full council tax|
|Class D||Empty and in need of or undergoing structural alteration or major repair||Full council tax|
|Class E||Empty due to occupant living in job related armed services accommodation||Full council tax|
|Class F||Empty properties which form part of another property that is in use e.g. an empty annexe in an occupied home||Full council tax|
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.
This means the owners of these dwellings will have to pay 150% of the council tax charge, except in the following cases, where the Government has said that an empty homes premium cannot be applied:
- An empty dwelling which is the sole or main residence of a member of the armed forces who is absent from the property as a result of such service.
- An unoccupied annexe in a property which is being used as part of the main dwelling in the property.
If you believe your property may fall into one of these categories please contact Customer Service on 01642 397108.
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.