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You are here: Home / Council Tax / Discounts And Exemptions / Disregards

People in detention

For the purposes of Council Tax, a person is considered to be in detention if they are:

It does not include periods where someone is in police custody and is waiting to be remanded in custody by a court.

Neither does it apply to people who are in custody for non-payment of their Council Tax or a fine.

People who are being held in detention are disregarded (not counted) when you are adding up the number of adults who are living in a property.

If this means that only one person is counted, you will be entitled to a 25% discount off your Council Tax bill.

If no-one is counted, you will be entitled to a 50% discount off your Council Tax bill.

If the person in detention owned or held a tenancy of the property, and it is now empty because they are in detention, the property is exempt from Council Tax provided that the person in detention was the last person to live there.

If you want to apply for a discount or exemption, email:  We will generally seek confirmation from the establishment where the person is held in detention before we will grant a discount or exemption in this case.

You must inform the Council if you are no longer entitled to a discount or exemption. We will take legal action against anyone who fraudulently claims a discount or exemption.

For further information please contact the Council Tax office on Tel: 01329 824651, or e-mail

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