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Money off council tax for apprentices and National Traineeship trainees

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


If you're an apprentice, you may not pay or qualify for it, 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 won't be counted when calculating council tax.

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

How to apply

To apply for an apprentice or National Traineeship trainee council tax discount, download and complete the form below:

Icon for pdf Apprentice and National Traineeship trainee council tax discount form (PDF, 126.3kb)

Changes in circumstances

You must let us know if your circumstances change and you should no longer be eligible for a discount. If you don't do this, you may recieve a financial penalty. See our Report changes affecting your council tax 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
01207 218 876
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