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Council Tax Discount Disregards

Coronavirus: Council Tax

Council Tax payers who pay their council tax instalments over 10 months can contact us and we will extend their payments to 12 months in the financial year. Please call us on 01283 508030 or email council.tax@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk to extend your instalment payments.

Council Tax payers who receive Council Tax Reduction due to receiving low incomes will soon be entitled to a reduction in their Council Tax via the Hardship Fund recently announced by Government.

We collect Council Tax on behalf of Staffordshire County Council, Fire, Police and Parishes. It is vitally important that Council Tax payers continue to pay in accordance with the instalments shown on their bills so that local services can continue to be provided and vulnerable people in our society can be supported, especially during the current pandemic.

Certain people can be 'disregarded' for council tax purposes. This means we do not count them when we are working out how many adults live in the property.  Where all but one adult is disregarded, your Council Tax bill can be reduced by 25%

The following list shows the people who can be disregarded:

  • a person for whom child benefit is being received
  • an 18 or 19-year-old who has just left school or college
  • full time students
  • a student nurse
  • an apprentice
  • a youth training trainee
  • a patient resident in hospital
  • a person who is being looked after in a residential care home, nursing home, or hostel providing a high level of care
  • a person living with, and providing essential care for someone, for example due to disability, who is not their spouse, partner or child under 18
  • a care worker such as a community service volunteer
  • a person who is severely mentally impaired
  • a convicted or remand prisoner, unless in prison for non-payment of fines or the council tax
  • a person staying in certain hostels or night shelters
  • a person living in a religious community with no income of their own
  • a member of international headquarters or defence organisation
  • a member of a visiting force
  • a diplomat