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The basic Council Tax bill assumes that two adults reside in a dwelling. If there is one resident adult, 25% discount is given.

Certain groups of people may help the liable person to qualify for a discount. The people in these groups are said to be 'disregarded for discount purposes' and are referred to as Disregarded Persons.

If a dwelling is wholly occupied by disregarded persons, a 50% discount is given.

If a dwelling is occupied by disregarded persons and one further adult who is not disregarded, a 25% discount is given.

If a dwelling is occupied by disregarded persons and at least two other adults who are not disregarded, no discount is given.

Apprentices - If you are learning a trade, business and/or undertaking a programme of training, you can apply to have your bill reduced.

Patients being looked after in Care Homes - these are people living in residential care homes, nursing homes, mental nursing homes and hostels providing a high level of care.

Professional Care Workers - these are people working on low pay for, or introduced by, charities or local authorities.

Relative or Unpaid Carer - these are people caring for someone with a disability who is not a spouse, partner or child under 18 in receipt of certain qualifying benefits.

Child Benefit in Payment - these are 18 and 19-year-olds who are at, or have just left school and still in receipt of child benefit.

People in Detention - this could be a person who is detained in a prison, hospital or any other place under a court order but not those in prison for non-payment of Council Tax or a fine.

Foreign Language Assistant - if you are a Foreign Language Assistant registered with the British Council, you can apply for a Council Tax discount.

Patients Resident in Hospital - this is if your main or sole residence is in a hospital where you are receiving care or treatment.

Members of Religious Communities - this could include monks and nuns living in a monastery or a convent but also includes members of any religion living in a religious community.

Students and Student Nurses at Colleges

Members of Visiting Forces - this includes those that are members of International HQs and Defence Organisations.

Youth Training Trainee - a Council Tax discount can be applied for if a person is carrying out training according to an individual training plan under the Employment and Training Act 1973 and are under 25 years of age. People on Employment Training Schemes are not classed as being youth training trainees.

Severely Mentally Impaired - means a person who has a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning (however caused), which appears to be permanent. Please select the Additional Information dropdown for more details about this type of application. 

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People staying in certain Hostels or Night Shelters

Please contact us for details of how to apply.

Change of circumstances

If you have been given a discount on your bill, we will periodically ask you to confirm whether it still applies. If you do not confirm your discount may be cancelled.

If your bill shows that a discount has been given, you must tell us of any changes that affect your entitlement, within 21 days of the change.

Council Tax General Enquiries

East Herts and Stevenage Borough Council
Pegs Lane
SG13 8EQ

01438 242875