How to apply for a discount if you're the only occupant over the age of 18
What is a single person discount?
If you're the only person over the age of 18 in your home, you'll be entitled to 25% off your bill. We call this reduction a single person discount (SPD).
You can apply for a single person discount online. You can now track the progress of your application through registering for our My Account service.
You'll also be able to view personalised information, including payment details, and your latest Council Tax bill.
Registering for an account is easy and will allow you to securely access our services 24/7.
To apply for a single person discount you'll need:
- your Council Tax account number (you can find this on your bill)
- details of who has left your home, and when from (if you're a single person following on from a change)
Please note, if someone who normally lives with you is temporarily away from home, you won’t be entitled to an SPD. To check if you’re entitled to any other discount, please visit our people who aren’t counted for Council Tax page.
To apply you need to be registered to pay Council Tax in the borough. If you've recently moved into the area please tell us using our moving form. This will notify us of your move, and you can apply for the discount at the same time. Please visit our tell us you are moving page.
After you've applied
You must continue to pay your Council Tax bill until you receive a revised one. If we don't give you the discount we'll explain why. If you're given the discount, your bill will show:
- the date we applied the SPD
- your new payment instalments
We aim to notify you of our decision within 21 days.
You can apply for your SPD to start from a past date (called backdating). We may need to carry out checks to verify your entitlement.