The full Council Tax bill assumes that there are 2 adults (aged 18 or over) living in a dwelling. If only one adult lives in the property the council tax bill is reduced by 25%; this is known as Single Persons Discount. In addition to this, there are certain groups of residents who can be disregarded altogether when counting the number of adults in the household. To apply for a single person discount, you can complete our online form.
To ensure that a discount is being correctly awarded, the authority, in conjunction with our partner organisation Northgate Information Solutions, is currently carrying out a review. Frequently asked questions about this review.
Some residents are disregarded for Council Tax. These include people in the following groups:-
- Full time students
- Student nurses
- Apprentices and youth training trainees
- People in care homes
- People who are severely mentally impaired
- 18 and 19 year olds who are at, or just left school and intend to enrol for further education
- People for whom child benefit is payable
- Care workers working for low pay, usually for charities
- People caring for someone with a disability who is not their husband, wife, partner or a child under 18
- People in prison (except those in prison for non-payment of Council Tax or a fine)
Stafford Borough Council has a duty to undertake a review of all council tax discounts and exemptions on a regular basis. If your bill shows a discount or exemption, you must tell us about any change in circumstances which affects your entitlement. if you do not, you may be fined.