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Apply for Council Tax Discounts or Exemptions

The Council Tax charge is based upon two or more adults living in a property. In certain circumstances you may be entitled to a reduction or discount.

To qualify for a reduction in your Council Tax because of a disability, the additional facilities must be essential or of major importance for the disabled person living there.

The facilities for which we may give the discount are:

  • If there is a room, other than a kitchen, bathroom or lavatory in the property that is predominantly used for meeting the needs of the disabled person for example: a room that is now mainly used for treatment or therapy, or the storage of equipment used by the disabled person will qualify.
  • If there is a second kitchen or bathroom, which is used for meeting the needs of the disabled person (please note that a second lavatory only will not qualify),
  • If there is a disabled person who needs to use a wheelchair indoors and there is space for them to do so.

We will give the discount by lowering the level of Council Tax by one valuation band. For example, if the property is in Band E, the Council Tax will be reduced to the charge for a Band D. If the property is in Band A (which is the lowest tax band) we will reduce the Council Tax by one ninth.

Apply for a Council Tax Disability Reduction

Please be advised; failure to notify us of a change in your circumstances within 21 days, or applying for a discount or exemption you are not entitled to, will result in a penalty of up to £280 being issued.

Requirements for Supporting Documents:

Preferred file formats for attachments sent to us via email or uploaded onto our website to support claims and applications are as follows:

  • PDF Files (Portable Document Format (.pdf))
  • DOC Files(Word Processing Document) (.doc, .docx)
  • JPEG Files (Joint Photographic Experts Group (.jpg,.jpeg,.jpe,.jif,.jfif,.jfi)

Using the preferred file type ensures we can access your attachments. If we are not able to open the file it will lead to unnecessary delays in processing your request. Please also ensure the attachments are readable and in an upright position. Following this guidance will ensure we are able to process your claim or application more effectively.

Thank you for your cooperation. 

Security Notice:

Basildon Council may send you a text message requesting further information to support your claim. The sender ID will always appear as BasildonCNL. You will never be asked to respond to the text with information. We advise that all information is sent over using our Council Tax Contact Us Form  where possible.

Disregarded people are not liable for Council Tax.  Where there are at least 2 people over the age of 18 that are not disregarded for Council Tax, full Council Tax is due and payable.  If all but one person over the age of 18 are disregarded then 25% discount applies.  If all the residents of the property are disregarded then 50% discount applies.

A person may be disregarded if they are:

  • Aged under 18
  • Aged 18 and someone is entitled to child benefit for you
  • A school or college leaver aged under 20 and you have left school or college after 30th  April. You will be disregarded until 1 November of the same year whether or not you take up employment.
  • A prisoner, someone in detention awaiting deportation or detained under mental health legislation
  • Severely mentally impaired
  • A full-time student in higher or further education studying for more than 21 hours a week and more than 24 weeks a year. The course must last for at least one academic or calendar year at a prescribed educational establishment
  • Student Nurses - we disregard Project 2000 nurses and students of any course that leads to their first registration under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979.
  • A spouse, civil partner or a dependant of a student who is a non-British citizen and you are prevented by immigration from taking paid employment or from claiming benefit in the UK.
  • A foreign language assistant on the official British Council programme
  • A young person on a government training scheme or following some types of apprenticeship. An apprentice is someone who is taking a qualified course approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority earning no more than £195 per week.
  • A long-term hospital patient or care home resident
  • Living in a hostel which provides care or treatment because of your old age, physical or mental disability, past or present alcohol or drug dependence or past or present mental illness
  • Living in a bail or probation hostel
  • Staying in a hostel or night shelter because you are homeless
  • A member of a religious community
  • A member of visiting armed forces. Your dependants are also disregarded.
  • Careworkers/Carers must be providing support or care to another person at the same address and must meet one of the three criteria below:
    • Providing care on behalf of an official charitable body, employed for at least 24 hours per week and earning no more than £44.00 per week.  
    • Introduced by a charitable body, employed for at least 24 hours per week, earning no more than £44.00 per week and living in the property to enable the best care to be provided.  
    • Caring for someone who is in receipt of certain benefits i.e. Attendance Allowance, middle or high rate Disability Living Allowance, any rate of the Daily Living Component of PIP and an increased rate of Disablement Pension.  The carer must be providing care for at least 35 hours per week and not be the partner of the person being cared for.  

Apply for a Disregarded People Council Tax Discount

Please be advised; failure to notify us of a change in your circumstances within 21 days, or applying for a discount or exemption you are not entitled to, will result in a penalty of up to £280 being issued.

Requirements for Supporting Documents:

Preferred file formats for attachments sent to us via email or uploaded onto our website to support claims and applications are as follows:

  • PDF Files (Portable Document Format (.pdf))
  • DOC Files(Word Processing Document) (.doc, .docx)
  • JPEG Files (Joint Photographic Experts Group (.jpg,.jpeg,.jpe,.jif,.jfif,.jfi))

Using the preferred file type ensures we can access your attachments. If we are not able to open the file it will lead to unnecessary delays in processing your request. Please also ensure the attachments are readable and in an upright position. Following this guidance will ensure we are able to process your claim or application more effectively.

Thank you for your cooperation. 

Security Notice:

Basildon Council may send you a text message requesting further information to support your claim. The sender ID will always appear as BasildonCNL. You will never be asked to respond to the text with information. We advise that all information is sent over using our Council Tax Contact Us Form where possible.

From 1st April 2015 the following discount applies to unoccupied and unfurnished properties:

  • All dwellings that are unoccupied and unfurnished may receive a discount of 50% for a continuous period of up to 3 months. After the 3 month discount period has ended Council Tax will be charged at the full rate.

*Please Note: this discount applies to the property and not the liable person.

From 1st April 2015 the following additional levy  applies to 'long term' unoccupied properties:

  • All dwellings that have been empty long term (more than 2 years) will be charged an additional 50% premium.  This means Council Tax will be payable at the full rate plus an additional 50% charge.

Apply for a Council Tax Empty And Unfurnished Property Discount

Please be advised; failure to notify us of a change in your circumstances within 21 days, or applying for a discount or exemption you are not entitled to, will result in a penalty of up to £280 being issued.

Security Notice:

Basildon Council may send you a text message requesting further information to support your claim. The sender ID will always appear as BasildonCNL. You will never be asked to respond to the text with information. We advise that all information is sent over using our Council Tax Contact Us Form  where possible.

Further Information  

For further information about this reduction please see pdf icon Basildon Council - Council Tax Reduction Scheme inc. CT Technical Changes - April 2018 [1Mb].

Council Tax Exemptions are calculated on a daily basis and many will last for just a limited period.

To qualify for a Council Tax Exemption

For the period of the exemption, no Council Tax is payable for properties that fall into one of the following classes:

Exemption Class 
Class B Unoccupied and owned by a charity. This exemption applies whether or not the property contains furniture.  This exemption applies for up to 6 months. 
Class DEmpty due to person being detained in prison or under the Mental Health Act (except for when in prison due to non payment of Council Tax). The property may be either furnished or unfurnished but cannot apply if there is someone still living in the property.
Class EEmpty due to person having gone to live in a hospital or care home on a permanent basis.
Class FProperty empty following Council Tax payer passing away.  The exemption applies up to the grant of probate or letters of administration and for up to 6 months afterwards.
Class GOccupation prohibited by law. Exemption applies where the property remains unoccupied.
Class HUnoccupied property being held for a minister of religion.
Class IPerson living elsewhere to receive personal care (leaving property empty).
Class JPerson living elsewhere to provide personal care (leaving property empty).
Class KStudent living elsewhere. The property must have previously been occupied by one or more students, who continue to remain liable.
Class LA property that has been repossessed by a mortgagee, such as a bank or building society.
Class MStudents' Halls of Residence.
Class NProperty occupied only by full-time students.
Class OUK Armed Forces accommodation.
Class PVisiting Forces accommodation.
Class QProperty left empty by a bankrupt person. The exemption applies whether the unoccupied dwelling is furnished or not.
Class RAn unoccupied caravan pitch or boat mooring.
Class SProperty occupied by persons under 18 years of age only.
Class TUnoccupied annexe to an occupied dwelling.
Class UProperty occupied only by severely mentally impaired person(s).
Class VMain residence of a person with diplomatic privilege or immunity.
Class WAnnex occupied by a dependant relative.  Exemption applies if the annex is the sole or main residence of a dependent relative (i.e. someone over 65 years of age, or a person who is either severely mentally impaired or substantially and permanently disabled) of a person who is resident in the main property.

Apply for a Council Tax Exemption

Please be advised; failure to notify us of a change in your circumstances within 21 days, or applying for a discount or exemption you are not entitled to, will result in a penalty of up to £280 being issued.

Security Notice:

Basildon Council may send you a text message requesting further information to support your claim. The sender ID will always appear as BasildonCNL. You will never be asked to respond to the text with information. We advise that all information is sent over using our Council Tax Contact Us Form where possible.

Apply for a Council Tax Single Person Discount

Please be advised; failure to notify us of a change in your circumstances within 21 days, or applying for a discount or exemption you are not entitled to, will result in a penalty of up to £280 being issued.

Security Notice:

Basildon Council may send you a text message requesting further information to support your claim. The sender ID will always appear as BasildonCNL. You will never be asked to respond to the text with information. We advise that all information is sent using our Council Tax Contact Form where possible.

After the discount period has ended Council Tax will be charged at the full rate.

To qualify for a Council Tax Uninhabitable Property Discount

Structural alterations would have to be substantive such as a large extension. Minor items such as putting in a roof window or a porch would not be sufficient. We should be notified before work starts, as an inspection will be necessary.

Repairs must be both major and required to render the property habitable. The property must therefore be uninhabitable before work starts.  We consider major repairs to be substantial repairs to the main structure of the property, e.g. roofs, walls, foundations. Replacing a seriously defective roof would be sufficient  but repairing a few tiles will not be enough.  General refurbishment such as replacing old fashioned but still serviceable kitchen and bathrooms will not be enough.

Apply for a Council Tax Uninhabitable Property Discount

Please be advised; failure to notify us of a change in your circumstances within 21 days, or applying for a discount or exemption you are not entitled to, will result in a penalty of up to £280 being issued.

Security Notice:

Basildon Council may send you a text message requesting further information to support your claim. The sender ID will always appear as BasildonCNL. You will never be asked to respond to the text with information. We advise that all information is sent over using our Council Tax Contact Us Form  where possible.

Further Information  

For further information about this reduction please see pdf icon Basildon Council - Council Tax Reduction Scheme inc. CT Technical Changes - April 2018 [1Mb].

If you receive Single Person Discount (SPD) review letter

If our records show that you are receiving Single Person Discount then you may receive a letter asking you to confirm online that you still live alone, and are therefore still entitled to continue receiving the Single Person Discount.

Complete the Single Person Discount (SPD) review online now

Should you receive a SPD Review letter asking you to confirm that you live alone, please use the following link to complete the SPD validation form online now. 

 

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