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How can I reduce my Council Tax Bill

Discounts and Disregards

The full Council Tax bill assumes that there are 2 adults (aged 18 or over) living in a dwelling. If only one adult lives in the property the council tax bill is reduced by 25%; this is known as Single Persons Discount. You can apply now by downloading a Single Persons Discount application form.

If there are no adults living in the property and you would like to apply for an exemption you can download an Exempt Dwelling application form.

In addition to this, there are certain groups of residents who can be disregarded altogether when counting the number of adults in the household. These are:-

  • Prisoners
  • People who are severely mentally impaired
  • 18 & 19 year olds who are still entitled to child benefit
  • Students, apprentices and people on Youth Training Schemes
  • People whose main residence is in hospital
  • People whose main residence is in a Residential Care home and receiving care
  • People living in hostels or night-shelters
  • Carers
  • Members of religious communities (i.e. monks and nuns)
  • School and college leavers
  • Members (and dependants) of Visiting forces or International headquarters

Properties that are unoccupied and unfurnished

Properties that are unoccupied and substantially unfurnished are entitled to a 100% discount for a maximum of 3 months. After the 3

month period, a full charge will apply.

Properties that has been continuously unoccupied and unfurnished for more than 2 years on or after the 1 st April 2013, will pay an additional premium of 50%, therefore paying a 150%charge.

Second Home discount

If you have a second home, including a holiday home, no discount is available and the full charge will be payable.

However, if you are required to occupy either property as part of your contract of employment, you may be able to claim up to 50% reduction for your second home.

Properties which are unoccupied and are undergoing or require major work or structural repair

Properties that are undergoing major work or structural repair may be entitled to 100% discount for a maximum of 12 months. After this period, a full charge will apply.


From the 1st April 2014, a 50% reduction is available for people living in annexes provided they are related to the person liable to pay Council tax of the main residence. A discount is also available for people living in properties with an annexe which is unoccupied ad the annexe is being used as part of the main residence.

If you need further information on any of the discounts or disregards above, please write to:

Local Taxation and Benefits Section

Cannock Chase District Council

Category: Taxes

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