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Apprentices, youth trainees or school leavers


If you or someone who lives with you is an apprentice or a youth trainee, you may be entitled to a 25% discount off your Council Tax.

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If there are only apprentices and trainees (including student nurses) at a property there is a 50% discount. In limited circumstances some school leavers can also qualify for a 25% discount.

Someone who is:

  • employed for the purpose of learning a trade, business or profession
  • undertaking a programme of training leading to an accredited qualification
  • receiving a salary or allowance (or both) of no more than £195 a week before tax and insurance

We’ll ask to see copies of the apprenticeship agreement.

Youth trainees are under 25. They also have an individual training plan funded by the Skills Funding Agency or Young People's Learning Agency.

We’ll ask to see some evidence of a training plan.

Someone who is undertaking a course which would (if successfully completed) lead to registration on any of parts 1 to 6 or 8 of the register maintained under section 10 of the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979; as a first inclusion on that Register.

We may be able to make a reduction in Council Tax if there is someone in the property who is either:

  • 18 years old, has just left school or college and someone is receiving Child Benefit for them
  • under 20, left school or college on or after 1 May and was doing a 'qualifying course'* until that date - in this case a reduction can only last until 31 October in the same year

*A 'qualifying course' is one that lasts for three months or more and involves at least 12 hours' study a week for any qualification up to 'A' level.

Please note: you’ll need to upload any evidence of your training plan or apprenticeship agreement to the form below.


Apply for a discount

After you've applied for a discount

You must still pay the amount on your Council Tax bill until you hear from us.

If you qualify for the discount, we’ll check every year that you're still entitled to it. Tell us if your circumstances change in the meantime as this may affect your discount. If you don't tell us you may have to pay a penalty.​​

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