Council Tax Single Occupier discount

If you are the only adult over the age of 18  living in the property, you may be entitled to a 25% reduction off your Council Tax.

The Single Occupier Discount of 25% is one the most common applied Council Tax discounts. 

The discount is sometimes also referred to as a:

  • Single person discount, or SPD
  • Single occupancy discount or reduction
  • Single occupier discount or reduction
  • Sole resident discount

To be eligible to this reduction, you must be the only adult over the age of 18 living in your property. 

This reduction depends on who uses your property as their main home, even if they don’t spend all of their time there.


You might not qualify, or your reduction may be cancelled if:

  • Your spouse or partner works away from home - this could be elsewhere in this country or abroad for longer lengths of time. This also includes members of the Armed Forces.
  • If you let someone else stay at your address on a temporary basis, who does not have a main home elsewhere.
  • Someone else is claiming benefits from your address.
  • You let someone else use your address to receive mail or keep possessions.
  • Someone else is jointly responsible with you to pay the mortgage or rent.
  • There is evidence which suggests that someone else is using your address for credit purposes.
  • Single parents with children over the age of 18 still living at home.
  • You have a son or daughter over the age of 18 who does not spend all of their time at home but who still uses your address for doctors, dentists, banking etc and may return home on a regular basis.
  • Someone else is registered to vote at your address

If you are already receiving, or have just applied for a Single Occupier discount your entitlement to this reduction will be regularly reviewed

The Council will regularly review all households that are receiving a single occupier discount.

Most Council Tax discounts are claimed honestly and legitimately, but we know there are times where a household’s circumstances may change and that people forget to tell us their eligibility to a discount should be ended.

We are required to review our records and correct any that we find to be incorrect. These corrections are made back to the date of the change.

This means that households do not benefit from withholding information from us, making the system fairer for everyone.

If you receive a discount and at any time you think you should not receive it, you must tell us immediately.

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Last updated: 20 June 2023 14:08:36

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