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Council tax for people held in detention

Find out about council tax reductions or exemption for people held in detention.

If you are being held in detention, including being held on remand, you may be entitled to a discount or exemption on the property you have left.

People who qualify for an exemption

If you lived alone and have left your property empty because you are now being held in detention, you will be exempt from paying council tax on the property you have left. This exemption will last until you are released.

People who qualify for a discount

If you lived with one other person, who is now left alone in your property, a 25% discount is awarded on the address you have left. If two or more people are left in the property, no discount can be awarded.

How to tell if you qualify as being in detention

Detention is classed as:

  • a prison, hospital or other place where a person has been placed by order of any court in the UK
  • under the Immigration Act 1971 (S3)
  • under the Mental Health Act 1983, or Army Act 1985, Armed Forces Act 2006, Air Force and other military Acts.

You cannot qualify for any reduction if you are being held under Schedule 4 (8) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 for non-payment of council tax.