Money off council tax for apprentices, youth trainees or school leavers

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If you or someone who lives with you is an apprentice or a youth trainee, you may be entitled to a 25% discount off your Council Tax.

If there are only apprentices and trainees at a property there is a 50% discount.

In limited circumstances, some school-leavers can also qualify for a 25% discount.

Who counts as an apprentice?

Someone who is:

  • employed for the purpose of learning a trade, business or profession;
  • undertaking a programme of training leading to an accredited qualification; and 
  • receiving a salary or allowance (or both) of no more than £195 a week before tax and insurance.

We will ask to see copies of the apprenticeship agreement.

Who counts as a Youth trainee?

Youth trainees are under 25. They also have an individual training plan funded by the Skills Funding Agency or Young People's Learning Agency.

We will ask to see some evidence of a training plan.

School leavers

We may be able to make a reduction in Council Tax if there is someone in the property who is:

  • 18 years old, has just left school or college and someone is receiving Child Benefit for them; or
  • they are under 20 and left school or college on or after 1 May and was doing a 'qualifying course'* until that date. In this case, a reduction can only last until 31 October in the same year.

*A 'qualifying course' is one that lasts for three months or more and involves at least 12 hours' study a week for any qualification  up to 'A' level

Apply for a discount

Sending us proof

Enclose any evidence of your training plan or apprenticeship agreement with your form and make sure your name and address is on them.

After you've applied for a discount

You must carry on paying your current council tax bill until you hear from us with a decision.

If you get the discount,

  • we will check every year that you're still entitled to it. We’ll cancel your reduction if you do not reply to our yearly letters.
  • Please tell us if your circumstances change, within 21 days, as this may affect your discount. If you don't tell us, you may have to pay a penalty.

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