Young people and apprentices Council Tax discounts

We offer various exemptions or discounts from Council Tax for:

View Council Tax privacy notice (PDF 152KB).

People under 18

Exemption from Council Tax will be awarded if your property is solely occupied by person(s) under the age of 18 and if it's their main residence. The exemption will remain until one of the residents becomes 18 years of age.

If another person aged 18 or over takes up residence in your property, your right to exemption will be lost and they will be liable for paying Council Tax, but a discount may be awarded.

To apply for exemption due to being under 18 years of age, please write to our Council Tax team and include evidence to verify your date of birth such as:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Income support letter
  • Driver's licence

School leavers

If a member of your household has left school during the current year, is under 20 years of age but has the intention to continue in full-time education, we may be able to give you a discount on your Council Tax.

To apply for this discount, please complete the application for school leaver discount form (PDF 95KB).

Person over 18 with child benefit

You may be able to get a 25% discount on your Council Tax bill if you receive Child Benefit for someone over 18, who is in full time education and is living with you. You must be the only adult in your home other than this person.

You should forward written evidence of the Child Benefit payment to the Council Tax team who will help with your enquiry.


If a member of your household is undergoing a training course as an apprentice, you may be entitled to a discount on your Council Tax bill.

An apprentice must be:

  • employed to learn a trade, business or profession
  • undertaking a course of training that will lead to a recognised qualification
  • paid less than £209 gross per week and less than the salary that would be paid after completing the apprenticeship

To apply for this discount, please complete the application for apprentice discount form (PDF 202KB).