Can you still claim single persons discount on your council tax if you have an under 18 living with you?

I have a friend who got his own place back in August, he’s 23. He gets single person’s discount on his council tax. His girlfriend is 16, she was having trouble at home so she moved in with him in October. Is he still able to claim the single person’s discount? As she is not in education but also is not working or able to claim any benefits so is not able to pay any bills. (This is Norwich City Council). He is privately renting his place.

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4 Responses to “Can you still claim single persons discount on your council tax if you have an under 18 living with you?”

  1. Clive says:

    Yes. What Koolkat and Jo W have failed to notice is that council tax is based on qualifying adults, and as his girlfriend is 16, she is not a qualifying adult. Therefore there is still only one qualifying adult in the property. Once she becomes 18, they will no longer be eligible for the single person’s discount. But if she is in full-time education over the age of 18, they will still get it because full-time students are also not qualifying adults whatever age they are. The booklet that comes with the bill explains who is not a qualifying adult.

    @Jo W, the age of consent in the UK is 16. The girlfriend is NOT underaged.

  2. lindyloo says:

    If you click on the link provided for your local council and then click on the form for Single Person’s discount the first line states that if you are the only adult over 18 years living in the property then you can claim the discount.

    Since the girlfriend is only 16 years old then he is the only adult over 18 and can claim the Single Person’s discount.

  3. Jo W says:

    There is no way he can continue claiming single person’s allowance as he is no longer SINGLE….duh…….he has his under-aged girlfriend living with him so he is no longer single….duh.

    You might as well advise him that if he sleeps with her, he could get locked up in jail because legally she is a minor and sex is not legally allowed in this country with a minor.

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