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Council Tax is a tax payable on dwellings (a dwelling being any property which is wholly or partly used as living accommodation), which is collected by Local Authorities. A full Council Tax bill is based on two people living in a property. The majority of full-time students in Higher Education are exempt from paying Council Tax. To claim exemption you must inform Portsmouth City Council and give them the names and student reference numbers of all the students living in the property.
Council Tax becomes payable, however the non-student can apply for a 25 per cent discount on the grounds that the other occupants of the house should be disregarded, being full-time students.
Council Tax becomes payable but no discount is applicable. There may also be a liability for any students living in the property to pay a share of the bill. If a student shares a property with a person liable for Council Tax and this is not paid, the student could still be considered jointly liable and pursued for non-payment.
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of Council Tax for each valuation band. The bandings are based on the value of the property on 1 April 1991:
|Valuation band||Range of values|
|A||Up to £40,000|
|B||Over £40,000 and up to £52,000|
|C||Over £52,000 and up to £68,000|
|D||Over £68,000 and up to £88,000|
|E||Over £88,000 and up to £120,000|
|F||Over £120,000 and up to £160,000|
|G||Over £160,000 and up to £320,000|
Most full-time students are not entitled to claim Housing Benefit. Only a limited number of students will be able to apply for benefit. These are:
Housing Benefit is paid to people living in rented accommodation. If you are eligible for Housing Benefit your application will be subject to the following conditions:
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Portsmouth City Council
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