Council Tax Discount - How to Apply

In each case, there are statutory qualifying criteria to be met before we can say if you are entitled to discount. These qualifying conditions are detailed in Council Tax legislation and we have no discretion in applying them. If you would like more information on the qualifying conditions for any of these discounts,  or you would like to apply for any of them, please download, print, complete and return the appropriate form from the documents box on the Council Tax - Amendments to your Council Tax bill page. Alternatively, contact us.

You should continue to pay your existing Council Tax bill while we assess whether you are entitled to a discount.

If we receive an application from you for discount or to be disregarded, we may ask you to provide evidence to prove you meet the qualifying conditions.  If you cannot meet these conditions, we will not be able to award you discount. We may also need to arrange for a member of the Revenues Section's Visiting Team to come to your property to verify your application.  If the Visiting Officer's report states you do not meet the qualifying conditions, we will not be able to award you discount or to disregard you.

Once a successful application for discount has been processed, we will issue you with an amended Council Tax bill.  It will show the amount of your discount award and the new amount of Council Tax you will pay.  If you pay by direct debit, we will amend the amount of the instalment we deduct from your bank account.

An award of discount will remain effective until your circumstances change - you do not need to re-apply each year.  You should tell us immediately if there is ever any change in your circumstances which may affect your entitlement to it. 

We will write to you each year to review your entitlement to discount.

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