School leavers


School leavers

School leavers may be disregarded when Council Tax is calculated.

When is a discount possible?

Council Tax is normally charged on the assumption that two or more people aged 18 or over live in a property.

If there is only one adult living there, they can apply for a single person's discount of 25%. However, if anyone aged 18 or over is a school leaver and without them there is only one adult living in the property, you may apply for the same 25% discount.

Who is a school leaver?

A school leaver is defined as someone who:

  • is under 20 years old; and
  • who has left school/college between 1 May and 31 October in any year, after undertaking a qualifying course of education.

A qualifying course of education is:

  • one which lasts for more than three calendar months;
  • one in which tuition is principally received otherwise than through correspondence;
  • one which is not undertaken by the person in question in consequence of an office or employment or,
  • one in which the relevant activities are normally carried out between 8am and 5.30pm.

The school leaver will be disregarded until 1 November in that year.

How do I apply?

Please print out the form below and complete and return to the address at the top of the form.

pdf icon School Leaver Disregard Form [251kb]

What happens if I qualify?

We will send you an adjusted bill showing the appropriate reduction within 10 working days of receipt of your documents.

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