Depending on your circumstances there are a number of ways you may be entitled to a reduction to or exemption from Council Tax payments.

Application for a Council Tax Refund

Apply for a Council Tax refund if you think you have overpaid and we owe you money. For example, apply for a refund if you have moved outside of Lambeth.

If you move to another address in Lambeth borough, we may transfer any credit to your new account. However you can ask for it to be transferred back and refunded.

Apply for a Council Tax refund

 

Apply for a single person discount

Apply for a single person’s discount if you are the only adult - aged 18 years or over - living in your home.

This must be your only or main residence, not another property you own.

You must have a Council Tax account and be named on the bill.

Apply for a single person discount

 

Remove a single person discount

Ask us to remove your single person’s discount if you are no longer the only adult - aged 18 and over - living in your home.

You must be have a Council Tax account and have your name on the bill to remove a single person’s discount, or have permission from someone named on the bill.

Remove a single person discount

 

Apply for a student discount or exemption

Apply for a student discount or exemption from Council Tax if you are a full-time student or one or more students live in your home.

You can’t apply if one or more residents in your home are not qualifying students.

The property must be the students’ main residence during term time.

Apply for a student discount or exemption

 

Apply for an apprentice discount

Apply for a discount if someone in your household is an apprentice with a salary of less than £195 a week, and training for a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ).

You can’t apply for this discount if two or more adults live in the household who are not entitled to a discount.

Apply for an apprentice discount

 

Apply for a carer's discount

Apply for a discount if someone in your household cares for another person living there, who is not their spouse/partner or child under 18 for at least 25 hours a week.

The person being cared for must be receiving one of these benefits:

  • Higher rate Attendance Allowance
  • Highest rate of a care component of Disability Living allowance
  • An increase in the rate of Disablement pension
  • An increase in Constant Attendance Allowance

You can’t apply for this discount if two or more adults live in the household who are not entitled to a discount.

Apply for a carer's discount

 

Apply for a prisoner's discount

Apply for a discount if someone in your household is currently, or was, in prison.

You can’t apply for this discount if:

  • the member of your household was or is in prison because they didn’t pay their Council Tax, or a fine for Council Tax
  • two or more adults live in the household who are not entitled to a discount.

Apply for a prisoner's discount

 

Apply for a member of visiting forces discount

Apply for a discount if someone in the household is a member of a visiting force or international organisation, or a diplomat.

Apply for a member of visiting forces discount

 

Apply for a disabilities discount

Apply for a discount if you have extra space in your home to meet the needs of a disabled resident.

The extra space can be:

  • Space for a wheelchair used in the home by the disabled resident
  • A second bathroom to meet their needs
  • A second kitchen to meet their needs
  • Another special room to meet their needs

Apply for a disabilities discount

 

Apply for a youth training discount

Apply for a discount if someone in your household is under 25 and taking part in a youth training scheme.

You can’t apply for this discount if two or more adults live in the household who are not entitled to a discount.

Apply for a youth training discount

 

Apply for a member of a religious community discount

Apply for a discount if someone in your household is a member of a religious community whose main occupation is prayer, contemplation, the relief of suffering, or education, and they have no income or capital of their own.

You can’t apply for this discount if two or more adults live in the household who are not entitled to a discount.

Apply for a member of a religious community discount

 

Apply for a discount for patients in care homes or hospitals

Apply for a discount if someone in your household is now living in a hospital or registered care home and doesn’t intend to return to the household.

You can’t apply for this discount if two or more adults live in the household who are not entitled to a discount.

Apply for a discount for patients in care homes or hospitals

 

Apply for a discount for severely mentally impaired people

Apply for a discount if someone in your household is severely mentally impaired.

They must be entitled to one of these benefits:

  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independent Payment (PIP)
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Middle or Higher Care component of a disability living allowance
  • Increased Disablement Pension
  • Disability element of Working Tax Credit
  • Unemployability Supplement or Allowance
  • Income Support which includes a disability premium due to incapacity (or their partner has a disability premium in their income based jobseeker’s allowance)
  • Employment and support allowance

You can’t apply for this discount if two or more adults live in the household who are not entitled to a discount.

Apply for a discount for severely mentally impaired people

 

Apply for an exemption for an unoccupied charity building

Apply for an exemption for an unoccupied building managed by a charity.

The property may qualify if it is unoccupied and was last occupied for the charity’s purposes. The charity must be responsible for the building.

The exemption will last for a period of six months after the date the property became unoccupied or until it is reoccupied, whichever is sooner.

Apply for an exemption for an unoccupied charity building

 

Apply for a self-contained annex discount

Apply for a discount if you live in the annex to a main property and are related to residents in the main property.

Apply for a self-contained annex discount

 

Apply for a self-contained annex exemption

Apply for an exemption for an annex which is the main residence of someone who is dependent on a relative living in a separate unit in the same property. You can also apply if the annex is unoccupied.

Apply for a self-contained annex exemption

 

Apply for a second home discount

Apply for a Council Tax discount on a second home.

You can apply for a 50% second home Council Tax discount if:

  • you live elsewhere and your main home is provided by your employer as part of your job
  • you are a member of HM Services living elsewhere in job-related accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence (MoD)
  • you are a member of the clergy living elsewhere in job related accommodation provided by the church
  • the property is a mooring occupied by a boat, or a pitch occupied by a caravan

You cannot apply for a discount if your second home is a holiday home or used for personal convenience.

Apply for a second home discount

 

Apply for a care worker's discount

Apply for a discount if someone in your household is employed as a care worker.

To qualify for the discount they must:

  • be employed as a care worker for at least 24 hours a week
  • be on a salary of less than £44 a week
  • live in accommodation provided by their employer, who is either the care receiver, the Crown, a public authority or a body established for charitable purposes only.

You can’t apply for this discount if two or more adults live in the household who are not entitled to a discount.

Apply for a care worker's discount