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Council Tax discounts

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible for a discount if you or someone who lives with you is:

  • A full time student, student nurse or apprentice Youth Training trainee
  • Severely mentally impaired
  • A person caring for someone on state benefits (for more than 35 hours a week) who is not their spouse, partner or son/daughter under 18
  • Over 18 and still entitled to child benefit
  • Resident in hospital, nursing or care home

Apply online for council tax discount

People with disabilities

If you or someone who lives with you has a disability, and your home has been adapted to meet their needs, you may qualify for a reduction in your Council Tax bill.

People with severe mental impairments

If you are classed as suffering from a Severe Mental Impairment, or care for someone who does, you may be eligible for a discount or exemption on your council tax.

Council tax rules say a person is severely mentally impaired if he/she has a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning (however caused) which has been diagnosed by the doctor and which appears to be permanent. For example, this may be the case if you suffer from Dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, or have severe learning difficulties. 

How to apply

To apply for a severe mental impairment council tax discount, download and complete the application form103.59KB.

Single Person Discount

If you live on your own, you may be entitled to a 25% discount.

Apply for or cancel Single Person Discount online

Leaving care discount

Young adults leaving the care of South Tyneside Council, are entitled to 100% Discount, while they reside within South Tyneside, until the age of 25.

Empty properties 

Legislation was introduced in April 2013 which gave local authorities total discretion in respect of the discount awarded to empty, substantially unfurnished properties and properties in need of structural alteration or major repair. 

If you own an empty property or second home, the amount of council tax you pay will depend on the following classes

*Empty and substantially unfurnished properties which have been so for more than two years are charged full council tax plus an additional premium of 100%

Class AFurnished properties/second homes which have a restricted use e.g. holiday chaletsFull Council Tax
Class BFurnished properties/second homes  Full Council Tax
Class A and B exceptionLiable person living in defined job related accommodation50% discount
Class C *Empty and unfurnished propertiesFull Council Tax
Class D *Empty and in need of or undergoing structural alteration or major repairFull Council Tax
Class EEmpty due to occupant living in job related armed services accommodationFull Council Tax
Class FEmpty properties which form part of another property that is in use e.g. an empty annexe in an occupied home

Full Council Tax

If your bill shows that a discount or exemption has been allowed, you must tell the Council of any change of circumstances which effects your entitlement. If you fail to do so, you may be required to pay a financial penalty. 

Empty Homes Premium

An additional 100% Council Tax charge, an Empty Homes Premium, is payable for properties that have been empty and unfurnished for over two years. 

This means that the owners of these dwellings pay 200% of the Council Tax charges, except in the following circumstances, where the government has said that an empty homes premium cannot be applied:

  • Properties that are currently classed as exempt from Council Tax
  • An empty dwelling which is the sole or main residence of the armed forces who is absent from the property as a result of such service
  • An unoccupied annexe in a property which is being used as part of the main dwelling in the property

With effect from 1st April 2020, any properties that have been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for 5 years or more, will be subject to a 200% premium.

With effect from 1st April 2021, any properties that have been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for 10 years or more, will be subject to a 300% premium.

Annexe Discount

Annexes that are occupied by the owner of the main building or by members of his/her family may be entitled to a 50% discount.  For full details of the qualifying criteria and application process, please contact the Council Tax team on 0191 424 4330.

Exempt properties

Some properties are exempt from Council Tax. This includes properties that are unoccupied and owned by a charity. Please contact the Council Tax Team on 0191 424 4330 for further information.

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If you are on a low income, you could qualify for council tax support. If you are a tenant you may be able to claim housing benefit.

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