Discounts - Disregarded Persons

A. Severe mental impairment

Download the Application for Person to be Disregarded for Discount Purposes - Severely Mentally Impaired (pdf)

If a person has a severe mental impairment, including mental health problems or dementia, a discount may be applicable.

The person must be certified by a registered medical practitioner and in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Attendance allowance
  • Severe disablement allowance
  • The care component of a disability living allowance payable either at the highest rate or the middle rate
  • An increase in the rate of disablement pension
  • Disability working allowance
  • Unemployability supplement
  • Income support which includes a disability premium
  • Incapacity benefit
  • Employment support allowance
  • the daily living component of a personal independence payment
  • universal credit which is an amount paid to a person where there is a limited capability for work or limited capability for work and work-related activity

B. Students in full-time education

Download the Application for Person to be Disregarded for Discount Purposes in Full-Time Education/Student (pdf)

A certificate of student status is required, contact the registrar at the educational establishment.

Students and their dependants may also qualify if they are not UK citizens and cannot claim benefits or take paid employment.

C. School and college leavers

18 and 19 year olds who have just left school or college are disregarded until 1st November of that year.

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D. Student nurse

Download the Application for Person to be Disregarded for Discount Purposes - Student Nurse (pdf)

A certificate of student status is required, contact the registrar at the educational establishment.

E. Youth training trainees

Download the Application for Person to be Disregarded for Discount Purposes - Youth Training Trainee (pdf)

A person under 25 and undertaking an approved training scheme under the government's youth training programme.

F. Residents in care home/hospital/hostel

Download the Application for Person to be Disregarded for Discount Purposes - Resident in Home/Hostel (pdf)

This relates to people whose main residence in a residential care home, nursing home, mental nursing home or hostel and who are receiving care and/or treatment there.

G. Carers/careworkers

Download Application for Person to be Disregarded for Discount Purposes - Care Workers (pdf)

Part A

Care workers employed by a charity or local authority to provide care, support or both to a person, may receive a 25% discount off the council tax bill provided certain conditions are met:

  • Support is provided for at least 24 hours per week
  • Weekly salary must not exceed £36
  • The careworker must be resident on the premises provided by the charity or local authority
  • The property is not already occupied by two or more persons that do not qualify for any reduction

Part B

Carers must be unpaid and resident in the same dwelling as the person cared for, who must be not be the carer’s partner or child under the age of 18. Care must be provided for at least 35 hours per week on average. The person cared for must be in receipt of one of the following benefits

  • attendance allowance (at any rate)
  • the highest or middle rate of the care component of a disability living allowance
  • increased disablement pension
  • increased constant attendance allowance
  • the standard or enhanced rate of the daily living component of a personal independence payment

H. Apprentices

Download Application for Person to be Disregarded for Discount Purposes – Apprentices (pdf)

A person who is employed to learn a trade or profession and who is in receipt of training that will lead to a qualification.

The person must earn less than £195 per week.

I. People in prison

Download the Application for Person to be Disregarded for Discount Purposes - Person in Detention (pdf)

People who are in prison (other than for the non-payment of fines or council tax) or who are held in detention under the Mental Health Act or the Immigration Act are disregarded.

J. Members of religious communities

People occupied with prayer, contemplation, education and the relief of suffering, who have no personal income or capital and who are dependant on the community for meeting material needs.

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K. Members of visiting forces

A person is disregarded if he or she has a relevant association, within the meaning of the Visiting Forces Act 1952, with a visiting force from one of the countries to which the Act applies.

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L. Persons with diplomatic privilege or immunity

Discount applies to any person on whom privileges and immunities are conferred by the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964, the Commonwealth Secretariat Act 1966, the Consular Relations Act 1968 or the Commonwealth Countries and Republic of Ireland (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1985.

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M. Members of international headquarters and defence organisations

Any person who is a member of an international headquarters or a defence organisation and any dependant of any such member.

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