Council Tax Discounts

The full Council Tax bill assumes that there are two adults living in a property. If only one adult is living in the property, the bill may be reduced by 25%.

Armed forces personnel may be entitled to a discount of 50% on their home if as a result of their job they are required to live in accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence and their home is no longer any ones permanent residence.

If the people living with you fall into any of the following categories, or there is only one resident over the age of 18 living in the property you may be entitled to a 25% discount on your bill if you meet the relevant criteria. If you require more information please contact us.

  • People in prison or detention
  • People who are severely mentally ill
  • People for whom you receive Child Benefit
  • Carers (certain types)
  • People living in hostels
  • Students, apprentices, youth trainees and student nurses
  • People permanently resident in a care or nursing home
  • People permanently resident in a hospital
  • Non British spouses of students
  • School Leavers
  • Religious Communities

Please note - If your application for a discount is successful and you currently receive any other Council Tax discounts or reductions, your entitlement to these will be recalculated.

Reductions for people with disabilities

If a property has certain features for a disabled person to use, it is possible that we can tax the property at a lower band than that at which it has been valued. However, we will not change the valuation list itself.

Who Qualifies?

To qualify for this reduction, the disabled person, who does not need to be the person responsible for paying Council Tax, must be substantially disabled.

The property must have one of the following features.

  • A room other than a kitchen, bathroom or lavatory which is used mainly by the disabled person.
  • A second bathroom or kitchen provided for the disabled person
  • Enough floor space to allow the disabled person to use a wheelchair

Examples of rooms set aside for a disabled person to use could be one used for dialysis equipment. (There must be a causative link between the disability and the requirement for the use of the room).

Care Leaver Discount

Definition of care leaver as detailed in the Children (Care Leavers) Act 2000

Resident in TCBC and have been in the care of a local authority (looked after) for a period or cumulative periods equalling at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 and which ended on or after their 16th birthday.

Household definitions – Council Tax liability

  • If the care leaver is fully liable in their own right or with a partner
  • If the care leaver moves in with others / an existing household but is not liable

Application process

  • The Council will review care leavers who are not receiving full Council Tax Reduction
  • Application for discount made by Care Leaver / Social Care detailing personal circumstances
  • Detail of other occupiers will be noted if appropriate
  • The Council will ensure that all other discounts, exemption, reliefs are explored
  • Consider award

Criteria

  • Applicable from April 1 2018 or later*
  • The care leaver be living in the borough and meet the definition of a care leaver as above
  • If they are liable they must be meet the definition in Section 6 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 ‘persons liable to pay Council Tax’

*any arrears prior to this date will still be payable but we can agree repayment plan

Award

  • If the care leaver is liable and receives full Council Tax Reduction no discount will be required
  • If the care leaver is liable and has partial or full liability for Council Tax an award will be made to ensure they do not have to pay Council Tax
  • If the care leaver moves into a household they will be a disregarded person
  • Consideration may be given to assist a care leaver’s household if they are in receipt of Council Tax reduction, a non-dependant deduction is being made and they are experiencing difficulty paying their Council Tax
  • The award will be made up to the age of 21
  • Discretion to award up to 25 years on application may be considered on the individual merits of a case

Process

  • Determination of entitlement/awards will be made in the Revenues and Benefits team
  • An appeals process will be provided if the customer disagrees with our decision in line with our current discretionary policy (decisions escalated to Head of Revs and Bens, Deputy Head of Revs and Bens, or Lead Officer Revs)
Last Modified: 04/02/2019
For more information contact:

Revenues & Benefits

Tel: 01495 766129

Email: revenues@torfaen.gov.uk

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