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Other discounts and exemptions

Some people living in your household may be disregarded and a discount may be awarded.

These can include:

  • most full-time students or students under 20 years of age
  • student nurses
  • anyone under 25 years of age who is training under the national traineeship scheme
  • apprentices who earn less than £195 per week before tax
  • foreign language assistants registered with the British Council
  • live-in carers looking after someone other than a child under the age of 18 or their partner
  • long-term hospital patients or care home residents
  • hostel or night shelter residents
  • members of International Headquarters and Defence Organisations, and their dependants
  • religious community members who have no income or savings
  • visiting armed forces and their dependants if they are not British citizens
  • some foreign diplomats
  • anyone detained by order of a court, or under the Immigration Act 1971 or the Mental Health Act 1983
  • some school or college leavers under the age of 20
  • people with a severe mental impairment
  • adults aged 18 or over for whom child benefit is still payable.

Find out more about exemptions and discounts.

Getting a discount or exemption

If you live with people who are disregarded for council tax, your discount will normally be 25%.

If you and everyone living with you are disregards, your discount may be up to 50%.

Any discounts you get are applied automatically and are shown on your council tax bill.

Care leavers

You may get a reduction if you are between 18 and 24 years of age and you have been identified as a care leaver by our Leaving Care team. The team will apply for discount on your behalf.


Some of the information on this page links back to our council website (iow.gov.uk)