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Do I qualify for Student or Trainee Discount?

A standard Council Tax bill is based on an assumption that there are two adults living in a household.

We can offer a 25% discount if you or other people living with you do not count for Council Tax purposes. This includes homes where all except one adult is treated as a full-time student or trainee for Council Tax purposes.
For some properties, known as exempt properties, there is no Council Tax to pay. This includes homes lived in only by full-time students.

Who can apply for these discounts?

If you or other people living with you are one of the following:

A student taking a full-time course of education

A course must last at least one academic or calendar year at a recognised educational establishment such as a school, college or university. Students must attend for at least 24 weeks, with at least 21 hours study, tuition or work experience each week.

►Apply for a council tax discount for a full-time student

A student taking a qualifying course of education

This includes students who are under 20 years of age, and who spend at least 13 hours per week on the course (or courses, if there is more than one) between 8.30am and 5.30 pm. The course must last at least 13 weeks. The course must not be related to a job. People in higher education or taking correspondence courses do not qualify.

►Apply for a council tax discount for a person who is aged 18 or 19 and still at school or 18 or 19 in further (NOT HIGHER) education

A Foreign language assistant

A foreign language assistant must be registered with the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges.

►Apply for a council tax discount for a full-time student

A student nurse undertaking a Diploma in Higher Education in Nursing

The student qualifies for a discount or exemption if the course leads to:

  • a Diploma in Higher Education in Nursing;
  • registration under Section 10 of the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979.
►Apply for a council tax discount for a full-time student

An apprentice

We offer apprentices a discount or exemption from Council Tax if they are employed learning a trade, business, profession, office employment or vocation, which leads to a qualification recognised by the National Council for Vocational Training. Their wage must be less than £195 per week and be expected to rise when they are qualified.

►Apply for a council tax discount for an apprentice or Youth Training trainee

A Youth Training trainee?

Youth training trainees must be:

  • under 25 years of age;
  • on a recognised youth training scheme.
►Apply for a council tax discount for an apprentice or Youth Training trainee

Changes of circumstances

Any changes/corrections to your entitlement to any exemption or discount should be notified to the Council within 21 days. Failure to do so may result in a penalty fee of £70.

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If you have not been granted a Council Tax exemption and you feel this is incorrect you can appeal in writing to the Council and we will review your application. If you are still unhappy following this review you can appeal to the Valuation Tribunal who will undertake an independent review of your application. Details can be found on the Valuation Tribunal Services website Tel. 0300 123 2035. If you make an appeal you must continue to pay the instalments shown on your Council Tax bill until a final decision is made.

Contact the Council Tax department

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