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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 3.00pm on Friday 31 March until 8.00am Monday 3 April 2023: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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.

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 receive a fine. 

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