Discount disregard

A full Council Tax bill for an occupied property is worked out assuming at least two adults are living there. Some adults are not counted and can qualify for a "discount disregard". The table below shows how a bill would be calculated:

How your bill is calculated
Number of adults living in the propertyNumber of adults who are not countedLevel of Council Tax discount %
1150%
2125%
2250%
310%
3225%
3350%
410%
420%
4325%
4450%

In some cases the type of disregarded persons may equal a 100% exemption. These are highlighted in bold below. Check the categories of exemptions if you think you might be entitled to an exemption.

Exemption categories
People not counted (discount disregard)DescriptionApply
Person in detentionPeople detained by order of a Court. This applies whether they are in prison, in a hospital, or in any other place. This Discount Disregard lasts for the period of detention.Icon for pdf Apply for discount [89.4KB]
Severely mentally impaired

The severely mentally impaired person must be entitled to a qualifying state benefit and a medical practitioner must confirm their severe mental impairment.

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Persons in respect of whom Child Benefit is payableWhere a person has reached the age of 18 but Child Benefit is still payable for them.Icon for pdf Apply for discount [88.72KB]
School and college leaversAny person aged 18 or 19 years who leaves school or college between the 1 May and 31 October in any year. Before they left they must have been studying a qualifying course of education. An A level is an example of a qualifying course of education.Icon for pdf Apply for discount [88.72KB]
Students

Students are not counted for Council Tax purposes. The term "Student" covers:

a) a Foreign Language Assistant registered with The British Council

b) any person on a full-time course of education at a prescribed educational establishment

c) a person aged under 20 undertaking a qualifying course of education

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Student Nurses studying at college or universityA Student Nurse studying full-time at a college or university will qualify in the same way as a student above.Icon for pdf Apply for discount [93.45KB]
Student Nurses

If not an academic student, the Student Nurse must be following a course leading to registration under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979

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Non-British spouses of student

A spouse or dependant of a student. They must be:

a) not a British Citizen

b) prevented from taking paid employment or from claiming Benefits whilst in the UK

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Apprentices

Employed for the purposes of learning a trade, business or profession. They must be:

a) doing a qualification approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, and

b) employed at a salary of no more than £195 per week. 

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Youth Training TraineesUnder 25 years of age and doing training funded by the Learning Skills Council for England.Icon for pdf Apply for discount [91.99KB]
Hospital patientsA person who has their main home in a NHS Hospital. This class only applies to a hospital with a valuation band; it does not apply to a private dwelling.Icon for pdf Apply for discount [80.07KB]
Patients in homesA person living in a residential care home, nursing home, mental nursing home or hostel. This class only applies to homes or hostels with a Valuation Band; it does not apply to private dwellings.Icon for pdf Apply for discount [80.07KB]
Care Workers who are paid

A carer must be: 

a) providing care through a connection with Crown/charity/local authority

b) employed for at least 24 hours a week

c) paid no more than £44 per week

d) resident where the care provided or in premises provided for the care

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Care Workers who are not paid

A carer must be: 

a) providing care for a person entitled to certain state benefits

b) living in the same property as the person receiving care

c) providing care for at least 35 hours per week

d) not the spouse/partner of the person receiving care

e) not the parent should the person receiving care be under 18 years of age

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Residents of hostels for the homeless or night sheltersAny person living in accommodation for the homeless.Icon for pdf Apply for discount [80.07KB]
Members and dependants of international headquarters and defence organisations

Any person (and dependant) who is a member of: 

a) an International headquarters

b) a defence organisation

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Members of religious communitiesThe principal occupation is prayer, contemplation, education, relief of suffering or any combination of these. To qualify each person must have no income or capital of their own.Icon for pdf Apply for discount [80.07KB]
Members and dependants of visiting forcesMember of a visiting force or a member of a civilian component of a visiting force.Icon for pdf Apply for discount [80.07KB]
Persons with diplomatic privilege or immunityAny person with diplomatic privileges and immunitiesIcon for pdf Apply for discount [80.07KB]

Contact us

Council Tax
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

counciltax@gateshead.gov.uk 
0191 433 3600

Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5pm
Friday 8.45am to 4.30pm

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