If you or someone who lives with you is an apprentice or a youth trainee, you may be entitled to a 25% discount off your Council Tax.

If there are only apprentices and trainees at a property there is a 50% discount.

In limited circumstances some school-leavers can also qualify for a 25% discount.

Who counts as an apprentice?

Someone who is:

  • employed for the purpose of learning a trade, business or profession;
  • undertaking a programme of training leading to an accredited qualification; and 
  • receiving a salary or allowance (or both) of no more than £195 a week before tax and insurance.

We will ask to see copies of the apprenticeship agreement.

Apply for a discount for an apprentice

Print off the application form, fill it in and return it to us:

Email - scan it and send it to us at counciltax@bathnes.gov.uk

Post it to - Council Tax, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG

Can't print the form? Call us on 01225 47 77 77 (during office hours*) and we’ll send you one.

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

Who counts as a youth trainee?

Youth trainees are under 25. They also have an individual training plan funded by the Skills Funding Agency or Young People's Learning Agency.

We will ask to see some evidence of a training plan.

How to apply

Please contact us during office hours* on 01225 47 77 77, or email your details to counciltax@bathnes.gov.uk

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

School leavers

We may be able to make a reduction in Council Tax if there is someone in the property who is:

  • 18 years old, has just left school or college and someone is receiving Child Benefit for them; or
  • under 20, left school or college on or after 1 May and was doing a 'qualifying course'* until that date. In this case a reduction can only last until 31 October in the same year.

*A 'qualifying course' is one that lasts for three months or more and involves at least 12 hours' study a week for any qualification  up to 'A' level.

How to apply

Please contact us during office hours* on 01225 47 77 77, or email your details to counciltax@bathnes.gov.uk

(*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.

 

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