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 an apprentice or a youth trainee and without them there is only one adult living in the property, you may apply for the same 25% discount.


Who is an apprentice?

The government regulations about Council Tax discounts define an apprentice as someone who:

  • is employed to learn a trade, a business, a profession or a vocation;
  • is receiving training leading to a qualification accredited by the National Council for Vocational Qualifications;
  • receives a salary or allowance (or both) which are in total less than £195 gross a week (before deductions – we do not count bonuses and overtime) and
  • can expect to earn substantially more when they are qualified.

How do I apply?

Please complete the online apprentice disregard form below.

Please remember to ask the apprentice’s employer to complete and sign the printable declaration and send us a recent wage slip.

Youth Trainees

Who is a youth trainee?

A youth training trainee is defined as someone who:

  • is under 25 years old; and
  • is training under an individual training plan issued on a scheme run under section 2 of the Employment and Training Act 1973. (This must be an approved training scheme for benefit purposes).

Youth Credit, Options, Future and Next Step trainees are also eligible if they meet this definition.

How do I apply?

Please print out, complete and return the youth trainee form below. Please remember to ask the training provider to complete and sign the declaration on the form

Youth Training Disregard Form

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