In the UK, council tax is used to help support and fund local authorities seeing thousands of households pay varying amounts over the course of ten months every year.

The amount a household pays depends on the estimated value of a property and the number of people living in it, ranging from bands A to H.

Bands for council tax were first created in April 1991 with A being the least amount of tax paid and H the most paid.

Both England and Scotland have eight bands, but their categories for prices vary, while Wales has nine bands. 

You can see what band your house is in via Which?

While many Brits know how much council tax they need to pay every month, some are unaware that they are entitled to discounts, including single occupations.

How much council tax discount does a single person get?

According to the UK government, any single-occupant households are entitled to a 25% discount on council tax.

The discount is only offered in England and Wales and to apply, you will need your local councils information and access the site via the government website here.

What is 'disregarded' and do you get a council tax discount?

The government also offers discounts to households that have members who are 'not counted' or 'disregarded' in terms of paying council tax.

Anyone under the following circumstances is disregarded from council tax:


If you have one of these medical conditions you may not need to pay council tax

  • under 18 years old
  • on certain apprentice schemes
  • 18 or 19 years old and in full-time education
  • a full-time student at college or university
  • under 25 years old and get funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • a student nurse
  • a foreign language assistant registered with the British Council
  • severely mentally impaired
  • a live-in carer for someone who is not your partner, spouse, or child under 18
  • a diplomat

If everyone living in the household is disregarded, you are entitled to a 50% council tax discount.