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You’ll usually have to pay Council Tax if you’re 18 or over and own or rent a home.
A full Council Tax bill is based on at least 2 adults living in a home. Spouses and partners who live together are jointly responsible for paying the bill.
You’ll get 25% off your bill if you count as an adult for Council Tax and either:
- you live on your own
- no-one else in your home counts as an adult
You’ll usually get a 50% discount if no-one living in your home, including you, counts as an adult.
You will not have to pay any Council Tax if everyone in your home, including you, is a full-time student.
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These people are not counted as adults for Council Tax:
- children under 18
- people on some apprentice schemes
- 18 and 19-year-olds in full-time education
- full-time college and university students
- young people under 25 who get funding from the Skills Funding Agency or Young People’s Learning Agency
- student nurses
- foreign language assistants registered with the British Council
- people with a severe mental impairment
- live-in carers who look after someone who is not their partner, spouse, or child under 18
People on apprentice schemes
To show that you do not qualify as an adult for Council Tax, you’ll need a declaration from your employer stating that:
- you will not be paid more than £195 a week
- the training leads to a qualification accredited by a body recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) or the Scottish Vocational Education Council (SVEC)
If you get a Council Tax discount by mistake
You must tell your council. If you do not, you could get a fine.
The council may ask you to pay back the discount.
Households where everyone’s a full-time student do not have to pay Council Tax. If you do get a bill, you can apply for an exemption.
To count as a full-time student, your course must:
- last at least 1 year
- involve at least 21 hours study per week
If you study for a qualification up to A level and you’re under 20, your course must:
- last at least 3 months
- involve at least 12 hours study per week
You’ll get a Council Tax bill if there’s someone in your household who’s not a full-time student, but your household might still qualify for a discount.