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Discounts

 

The full council tax bill assumes that there are two or more adults living in a property as their main residence. Council tax discounts can be granted where there are less than two occupants or where the occupants fall into certain special groups.

 

Second Home Discount

 

A property that has no occupants but is furnished is not entitled to any discount.

 

Where a council tax payer has two homes, one of which is a job-related dwelling as defined in the regulations, you may be entitled to a 50% discount on the second dwelling.

 

Sole and main residence

Where there is only one adult living in the property as their main residence a discount of 25 per cent applies.


Before this discount is given the council has to decide which property is considered to be a person’s main residence.

 

Principles of sole and main residence:-

  • Residence implies a degree of permanence.
  • Temporary presence does not make a person resident there.
  • Temporary absence does not deprive a person of residence.
  • Deciding which property is a person’s main residence is not always straight forward and there have been cases which have gone to High Court for a decision.


Discounts do not apply for temporary periods away from a property for holidays or short periods in hospital.

 

People who can be disregarded

 

If all but one of the occupants fall into one of the disregarded groups below then a 25 per cent discount will apply.

  • All under 18 year olds.
  • Full time students, if a property is only occupied by people who fall into this category, then a full exemption will apply.
  • Apprentices- the person must be employed for the purposes of learning a trade, business or profession and must be undertaking training leading to a qualification accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). They must also be employed at a salary or be in receipt of an allowance (or both) which does not exceed £195 per week.
  • Patients in hospital (long term) or people in care homes if a property is only occupied by people who fall into this category, then a full exemption will apply.
  • People who are severely mentally impaired if a property is only occupied by people who fall into this category, then a full exemption will apply.
  • 18/19 year olds who remain in education, or have left between 1st May and 31st October , if a property is only occupied by people who fall into this category, then a full exemption will apply.
  • Over 18 year olds who still have child benefit paid for them. Please send in details with proof of your child benefit.
  • Full time paid care workers on a low income.
  • People caring for someone with a disability who is not a partner or child under 18.
  • A person whose main residence is elsewhere.
  • Visiting Forces and Diplomats, if a property is only occupied by people who fall into this category, then a full exemption will apply.
  • Members of religious communities (inc monks/nuns).
  • People in detention (unless for non payment of a fine or council tax) if a property is only occupied by people who fall into this category, then a full exemption will apply.

 

Application forms for some of the disregard categories can be found below.

 

Annexes

 

A 50% discount will be awarded for

  • People living in annexes (provided they are related to the person who is liable to pay the Council Tax of the main dwelling

      And

  • People living in dwellings with annexes which are unoccupied (provided they are using those annexes as part of their main residence)

To apply for the discount download the application form below.

 

When a Discount or Exemption no longer applies

 

If you are currently receiving a discount or exemption on your council tax bill and it no longer applies, it is your responsibility to notify the council.  

 

Whenever possible any reduction to which we believe you are entitled will be shown on your bill for the period stated.  If your circumstances have changed or will change in the future so that you are no longer entitled to the reduction shown on your bill, you are required by law to notify the council within 21 days. South Staffordshire District Council may impose a penalty of £70 if you fail to notify them of such changes.

 

Word Document: Application Form for Discount

PDF: Application Form for Discount - Carer (155KB)

Word Document: Application Form for Discount - Student

PDF: Application Form for Discount - 18 & 19 Year Olds (155KB)

Word Document: Application Form for Annexe Discount

Word Document: Application Form for Apprentice

 

Contacts

 

Council Tax Enquiries                                Revenues & Benefits                          
Telephone: (01902) 696664 South Staffordshire Council
Fax: (01902) 696630 Wolverhampton Road
Email: taxation@sstaffs.gov.uk Codsall
  South Staffordshire
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