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Council Tax - Discounts

Council Tax is based on two adults living in the property. If only one person lives in a property you will be entitled to a 25% single person's discount.

The following people can also be disregarded for Council Tax purposes:

  • Children aged under 18.
  • Persons aged over 18 for whom Child Benefit is still payable.
  • Certain school and college leavers under the age of 20, who have finished a full-time course between 1 May and 31 October.
  • People with severe mental impairment who are entitled to a qualifying benefit.
  • Qualifying students.
  • Certain non-British spouses or dependants of students.
  • Certain youth training trainees under the age of 25.
  • Student nurses.
  • Certain apprentices.
  • Long-term/permanent hospital patients.
  • Certain people resident in residential care homes, hostels, nursing homes and mental nursing homes.
  • Certain residents of hostels/night shelters for the homeless.
  • Most persons in detention.
  • Certain care workers.
  • Members of religious communities.
  • Members of visiting forces and certain dependants.
  • Members and dependants of international headquarters and defence organisations.
  • Persons with diplomatic privilege or immunity.

There are three other property discounts available in Swindon:

  • If a property is unoccupied and unfurnished, a discount of 50% can be claimed for up to three months. When the three months period expires, or the property is occupied, the full Council Tax will become payable.
  • If a property that requires, or is undergoing, major repair works to render it habitable, or is undergoing structural alterations, a 50% discount can be claimed for a maximum of 12 months. Owners of such properties must advise when works are complete.
  • On separately assessed annexes, where the annex is being used either by the resident of the main dwelling or is occupied by a close relative of the Council Tax payer resident in the main dwelling

Apply for a Council Tax Discount 

Alternatively, download the Council Tax Discount Application Form (PDF 18Kb).

Apply for a Council Tax Discount Review

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