School and college leavers

We do not count school and college leavers when looking at the number of people living in a property for council tax purposes.

Many young people leave school or sixth form college in the summer with the intention of going on to further or higher education later in the year.

In many cases, 18 or 19 year olds continue to attract child benefit for several weeks after leaving school. If they leave in the summer, the benefit may carry on until the beginning of September. All the time they attract child benefit, we do not count them for council tax purposes, but once the benefit stops, so does this rule.

Once a student starts college or university, we do not count them for council tax purposes, but we cannot do this until they actually start college.

This means there may a period when child benefit has ended and they have not started college or university when neither rule applies. To bridge this gap, you can ask us not to count 18 and 19 year olds, who leave school or college between 1 May and 31 October, for council tax purposes, until 1 November.

To apply for a council tax discount

You'll need a council tax student certificate or letter. You can get this from the administration office of the school or college the young person is leaving. This must confirm their attendance at that place.

Send the certificate or letter to us.

 
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