Single Person’s Discount

A full Council Tax bill is based on at least two adults living in a home. If there is only one person over 18 in your home, you can get a single person's discount. This means you’ll get 25% off the whole bill.

Single person's discount only applies to your main home, where you live. You can't get it for a second home.

People who aren’t counted for Council Tax

Some people aren't counted for Council Tax purposes. If you live with someone who isn't counted, it may mean that you can get a discount on your bill.

These people aren’t counted for Council Tax:

  • Non-British partners or other dependents of foreign students who are not allowed to work or claim benefits.
  • Those under 20 who are still at school or have just left school.
  • Someone for whom Child Benefit is still being paid.
  • Foreign Language Assistants.
  • People who are resident in hospital, nursing homes or care homes are not counted for Council Tax where they normally live.
  • Members of international headquarters and defence organisations and their dependents.
  • Members of visiting forces and their dependents.
  • People with diplomatic immunity and privileges.

Discount for Family Annexes

The Government introduced a 50% Council Tax discount for family annexes from 1 April 2014.

If you have a self-contained annexe which is currently occupied by you, or a member of your family, you can claim this discount. If a non-family member occupies the annexe, this discount will not apply.

Apply for a Single Person’s Discount or Family Annexe Discount

Please contact us during office hours* on 01225 47 77 77, or email your details to

(*office hours are: Mon, Tues & Thurs 8:30am - 5.00pm, Weds 9:30am - 5:00pm and Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm)

After you've applied for the discount

You must continue to pay the instalments shown on your Council Tax bill until you hear from us.

We periodically check accounts that have been granted discounts and exemptions, and we reserve the right to use credit reference agencies to validate claims. If we contact you to review your discount and we don’t hear back from you, we will cancel it.

You must tell us if there is a change in your circumstances that may affect your discount. If you don't tell us you may have to pay a penalty.

Other discounts

There are also special discounts for certain groups of people. Find out more about:



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