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Money off council tax for apprentices and National Traineeship trainees

You may not have to pay as much council tax if you're an apprentice or a National Traineeship trainee.


If you're currently struggling to pay your bills, please see our financial support during Coronavirus outbreak information.

Who can claim


As an apprentice, you may not have to pay as much council tax if you're:

  • employed for the purposes of learning a trade, business, profession, office, employment or vocation
  • completing training which leads to an accredited qualification
  • receiving no more than £195 per week before any deductions for tax or national insurance.

National Traineeship trainees

If you're under 25 years old and taking part in a National Traineeship programme, you may not have to pay as much council tax.

Individual training plans issued by the training provider and showing the course start and end dates is evidence of trainee status.

Change in circumstances

You must inform us when your apprenticeship/traineeship finishes. If you don't do this, you may recieve a fine. 

See our Tell us you've moved house or had a change in circumstances page for more information.

Contact us
Council tax
03000 26 4000
Our address is:
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • PO Box 238
  • Stanley
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH8 1FP