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Council tax discounts
If you are a student or there is a student in your home, you may be entitled to a council tax reduction.
Definition of a student
For council tax purposes a student is someone who is:
- 18 years old and their parent or guardian is still entitled to child benefit for them
- Under the age of 20 and they left school or college on or after May 1, having finished a qualifying course of education in the same year. This will stop if they reach the age of 20 during the period May 1 to October 31, or at October 31 (whichever is sooner)
- Under the age of 20 and studying for a qualifying course of education that is not higher education.
- Taking a full-time course of education, at a college or university. (This is at least 21 hours per week for 24 weeks within an academic year.)
- A student nurse and studying academic courses at college or university (e.g. student midwives and trainee health visitors)
- Appointed as a foreign language assistant at a school or college in Great Britain and registered with the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges
An exemption can be granted on your council tax if
- the home is only lived in by full-time students
- a full time student leaves their home empty during term time to go elsewhere to take up a full time course
The full council tax bill assumes that there are at least two adults living in the property. When only one person over 18 years lives in the property a discount of 25% can be awarded. However, some adults are not counted, and in certain circumstances a discount can still be awarded if there is more than one adult.
Students are one of the groups of people who are not counted. For example:
|Household composition||Discount awarded|
|2 parents and 1 student||No discount as 2 other adults counted|
|1 adult and 2 students||25% discount as only 1 adult counted|
|2 adults one of which is a student||25% discount as 1 adult counted|
How to claim a student reduction
If you think your council tax should be reduced because all but one of the adults in the household are students, you can apply online for a single person discount.
You will be able to attach the proof we need with your form or send it to us afterwards.
Someone who is...
|18 years old and their parent or guardian is still entitled to Child Benefit for them||
|Under the age of 20 and they left school or college on or after May 1, having finished a qualifying course of education in the same year||
|Under the age of 20 and studying for a qualifying course of education that is not higher education||
|Taking a full-time course of education, at a college or university (inc student nurses)||
|Appointed as a foreign language assistant at a school or college in Great Britain and they are registered with the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges||
|A full time student and resident elsewhere (and who wishes to claim an exemption on the previous property as it has been left empty).||
If you wish to claim a reduction then you must continue to pay in line with your current bill. If the reduction is awarded you will then be issued with a further bill and new payment instructions. This will take account of any payments you have already made.