On this page: Information about Council Tax discounts, including how to apply for them.
Who Can Apply
The full Council Tax assumes that there are two adults living in the property. If only one person lives in a property they will be entitled to a 25% single person's discount.
In addition to the above single person discount , certain people are disregarded when counting the number of people in the property 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.
Certain non-British spouses or dependants of students.
Certain youth training trainees under the age of 25.
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.
People who wish to be disregarded for Council Tax purposes based on their student status, should either provide a valid student certificate or evidence to confirm that they are undertaking a full-time course of education at a prescribed educational establishment, within a member state of the EU when making their application.
There are two 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.
From 1st April 2013, owners of empty and furnished properties will pay the full Council Tax and owners of any properties that remain empty in excess of 2 years will be charged an additional 50% Council Tax. This means owners of properties empty over 2 years will pay 150% Council Tax.
A regular review of all discounts is carried out. If your circumstances change you must contact us immediately.
The form is also available as a downloadable file:
If you require us to send you a paper form, then please contact us.
Council Tax Discount Review
The Council Tax Discount Review application form is available to complete online:
If you require more information about discounts, then please contact us.
Council Tax Benefit is available to help people meet their Council Tax liability. It can be awarded to people who have low income.