Reductions for people who are detained or in prison
Reductions for people who are in prison or detained
Adults living in your household are not counted for council tax if they are:
- detained in a prison, a hospital or other place by a court of law
- being held under the Mental Health Act (also known as being sectioned)
- detained under the Immigration Act
- imprisoned, detained or in custody for more than 48 hours under the Armed Forces Act or Naval Discipline Act
The detention does not qualify if the person is:
- in police custody before a first court appearance
- detained for non-payment of council tax
- detained for non-payment of a fine
If we do not count this person for council tax and there are less than two adults in the property that are counted for council tax, you may be entitled to a discount.
You need to have a MyGuildford account to apply for this discount online. If you do not have a MyGuildford account you can set one up.
If you have not yet registered to access your council tax account online, there are more steps. You can then link your online council tax account to your MyGuildford.
To complete this step you will need the following information:
- your council tax reference number - found on your latest bill
- your name exactly as it appears on your council tax bill
- your property postcode
- if you have applied for Local Council Tax Support or have been named on a council tax support application, you will also need to provide your national insurance number. This provides an additional level of security
Once you have linked your council tax account, you can go to the 'account summary' screen. You will see a list of 'quick links' on the right-hand side. You need to select the 'apply for or cancel a disregard' link.
You need to supply the following information:
- the name of the person who was detained or remanded
- the date that the person was detained or remanded
- the address of the institution that the person is detained or remanded to