Discounts

Council Tax Discount for Care Leavers

We have introduced a scheme to reduce council tax liability for care leavers between 18 and 25 years of age. Please be aware that this discount does not apply to any period prior to 1 April 2020 (the date from which it is introduced). Therefore, the earliest financial year in respect of which an award can be made to care leavers is 2020/21.

Our scheme for care leavers will only be applied after all other relevant discounts and exemptions have been applied.  Where the qualifying criteria is met and all discounts and exemptions, including council tax support, do not cover the full council tax charge, then under this scheme the qualifying care leaver will receive further assistance to cover the remainder of their council tax. 

Applications must be supported by a ‘certificate’ from Derbyshire County Council confirming the care status of the individual.  

Need further help or information?  Please contact us through your My Erewash account to apply for this reduction.

Flooding

Residents affected by the recent floods who believe they may be entitled to council tax relief announced by Central Government are encouraged to submit their details to us.  Under the measures, households and businesses that were intensely affected by the flooding may be eligible for 100% relief on their council tax.  

You can provide us with information and supporting evidence about the hardship you have suffered in the floods by completing the online application form.

The Valuation Office Agency website also has information regarding help that is available for damage caused to business and property.

Council Tax Charge

The Council Tax charge is partly based on the value of a property and partly on the number of adult residents. The property element and the person element each amount to 50% of the charge.

Details of some of the discounts/reliefs are listed below and application forms are also available on the Forms page of this website, to enable you to apply for any relevant reduction. However the quickest way to apply is to apply online.
If you are on a low income such Job Seekers Allowance or have a low paid job you may be able to get a reduction in your Council Tax.  If there is just yourself and another adult in the property and that adult is on a low income, you may qualify for Second Adult Rebate.  Complete the application form for Council Tax Support and we will check whether this is applicable.

There are changes to discounts for unoccupied properties. For more information, please click on the Council tax exemptions page.

The basic bill assumes that there are two adults resident in the property. If there are more than two, the charge is not increased, but if there are fewer than two, a Single Person Discount can be granted. This discount amounts to 25% of the total charge, in other words, half of the personal element of the charge.

‘Severely mentally impaired’ people

To be disregarded on the grounds of being ‘severely mentally impaired’ the person will need to meet all of the following conditions:

  • Have a certificate from a registered medical practitioner confirming this
  • Be entitled to (but not necessarily claiming or in receipt of) one of a number of specified benefits which include: Disability Living Allowance (middle or higher rate care component), the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (standard or enhanced rate), Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance, increase in Disablement Pension (due to constant attendance being needed), Employment and Support Allowance (previously Incapacity Benefit), Universal Credit (limited capability for work), Severe Disablement Allowance, Unemployability Supplement or Allowance, Income Support (including a disability premium), Armed Forces Independence Payment.

If, after taking into account disregarded people, there is only one resident in the property who would ‘count’ for council tax a 25% discount is applied to the bill.  If there are no residents who would ‘count’ for council tax, a 50% discount is applied to the bill.  A property occupied by more than one person considered to be ‘severely mentally impaired’ may also be exempt.

If you know someone who has dementia please read the guidance from the Alzheimers Society about how you may be eligible to claim a discount if you have dementia or are a carer.  More information on how to claim the severely mentally impaired council tax discount can also be found on Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert website, Age UK and Carers UK.

Carers

To be disregarded as a carer, you must meet all the following criteria:

  • You must provide care for at least 35 hours a week
  • You must live in the same property as the person you care for
  • You must not be the spouse or partner of the person you care for, or their parent if you care for a child under 18

The person you care for must be getting either the middle or higher rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance, the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment at any rate, Attendance Allowance at any rate, Armed Forces Independence Payment or the highest rate of Constant Attendance Allowance.  You do not have to claim Carer’s Allowance to qualify for this discount and your income and savings will not affect your eligibility. If there is more than one carer in the property, they can both be disregarded for council tax purposes as long as they all meet the conditions.

Other discount/disregards are listed below but these are not exhaustive, so if you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact either us or one of the charitable organisations.

Annexes

Since 1 April 2014, annexes which are used by the occupier of the main house as part of the main home, or annexes which are occupied by a relative of the person living in the main house will be entitled to a 50% reduction in the council tax payable on the annexe.

The 50% reduction is on top of any other discount you or your relative may be entitled to. For example, if your adult son is living in the annexe on his own. He will be liable for council tax and be entitled to a 25% single occupier discount and a 50% annexe discount.

To qualify for the annexe discount:

  • The annexe must form part of a single property which includes at least one other dwelling. That is, the annexe must be within the grounds of the main house (not necessarily attached) and must be included in the title deeds of the main house and not registered separately.

And either:

  • The annexe is being used by the resident of the main house, as part of their main home

or

  • The annexe is lived in by a relative of the person who lives in the main house. For this purpose a relative is defined as: a partner, parent, child, step child, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew and niece (also includes great grandparents and great grandchild).

Other reductions available for annexes

If you have a close relative who lives in the annexe and they are over 65 years of age or they are either severely mentally impaired or substantially and permanently disabled we may be able to award an exemption from council tax for the annexe.

If the annexe is unoccupied and cannot be let separately because of a planning restriction then it could also be exempt.

Discretionary Council Tax Relief

Erewash Borough Council has the discretion to reduce Council Tax in individual cases or groups of cases. This is known as a discretionary reduction and the cost of discretionary reductions have to be met from our funds or through increasing Council Tax for other payers.  We will consider all written applications with supporting evidence on an individual basis.

Disregarded persons

When counting the number of adult residents in a property, certain categories of people are not included. For this reason they are known as disregarded persons. A brief description of some of these categories is shown below:

  • Students, Student Nurses and non-British spouses or dependants of full-time students

  • Apprentices (salary no more than £195.00 per week) and Youth Training Scheme Trainees.

  • People over 18 in respect of whom Child Benefit is still payable.

  • People who are a resident in a nursing home and receiving care.

  • School and further education college leavers under 20, from the date they leave school to 1 November that year.

  • Persons in Prison or detained under the Mental Health Act/Immigration law.

  • Members of international headquarters and their dependants.

  • Members of religious communities with no income or capital of their own.

  • Residents of hostels, night shelters.

In order to assess whether you qualify for discount, count up the number of adults in your household and then exclude anyone in the disregarded categories above.

  • If the total is two or more, no discount is applicable.

  • If the total is one, you will qualify for a 25% discount.

  • If the total is zero, a discount of 50% of the charge will apply.

A property may have a resident count of zero because all the occupiers are disregarded, for example, a family consisting of a student and a person still on Child Benefit.

Disabled Relief

If you, or someone who lives with you, need a room, or an extra bathroom or kitchen, or extra space in your property to meet special needs arising from a disability, you may be entitled to a reduced Council Tax bill.

The bill may be reduced to that of a dwelling in the band immediately below the band shown on the valuation list (if the dwelling is in Band A, the reduced charge is calculated as five ninths of a Band D charge).

These reductions ensure that disabled people do not pay more Council Tax on account of space needed because of a disability.

If you need any further help or information with any reduction, please go online using your My Erewash account where there are forms that you may complete and provide supporting evidence.