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Apprentice discount

We may reduce your council tax bill by 25% if your apprenticeship meets the criteria.
Haven't had your council tax bill?

If you've got a MyLewisham account and have registered to view your council tax account online, you won't get a paper copy of your annual bill – it'll be available to view online instead.

If you don't have MyLewisham account, you'll get a paper copy in the post as normal.

Who is eligible

Apprentice eligibility

An apprentice is defined as someone who is:

  • employed to learn a trade, business, profession, in office or vocational work
  • undertaking a programme of training leading to a qualification
  • earning a salary, which is less than if qualified and less than £195 per week

Youth trainee eligibility 

  • under 25 years of age, and
  • training under an individual training plan issued on a scheme run under Section 2 of the Employment Training Act 1973 or Section 2 of the Enterprise and New Town (Scotland) Act 1991.

Youth Credit, Options, Future and Next Step trainees also qualify if they meet the above definition.

How much reduction do you get

  • If you live alone, a 50% discount is awarded to your address
  • if you live with one other person, a 25% discount is awarded
  • no discount can be awarded if two or more other people are living with you

How do I apply?

You need to provide evidence in the form of a letter or certificate from your apprenticeship or traineeship provider and your latest five-weekly or two-monthly payslip.

Once you have completed the form and provided evidence we aim to process your application within 10 working days.