Council Tax discounts

Single people

The Single Person Discount is 25%.

The assumption is that a property has two adult occupants (aged 18 or over), so half the liability is in respect of the property and the other half is in respect of the occupiers.

Therefore, a single adult occupant will be entitled to a 25% discount (half of the 50% of the charge in respect of the two occupants).

When an application is received, the information provided is checked against other Council records.

There are also certain circumstances when, although there are two adults (aged 18 or over) resident at the property, one of them is disregarded.

In these circumstances, the adult who isn't disregarded is treated as if they are living on their own and a 25% discount is awarded.

Change of circumstances

If your bill indicates that a discount has been allowed, you must tell the Council of any change of circumstance which affects your entitlement within 21 days. If you fail to do so you may be required to pay a penalty.

Second Adult Rebate

A Second Adult Rebate is a reduction on your Council Tax Bill.

You can get the rebate if another person (but not your partner), aged 18 or over, and on a low income lives in your home.

You can only apply for Second Adult Rebate if you are of Pension Credit age and do not qualify for Council Tax Single Person Discount.


Council Tax Team
Access Oldham
Level 4, Civic Centre
West Street
Oldham, OL1 1UG
Tel 0161 770 6622