Students urged to act now on Council Tax

Students are being encouraged to claim their exemption from council tax.

Manchester City Council and its partners are working to raise awareness in students of their need to register with the council if they wish to claim an exemption from paying council tax. Revenue collected through council tax is vital as it helps to pay for council services. In addition it also contributes to other public services including the police and fire service.

Some people, including full-time students can claim an exemption so they do not have to pay council tax.

Those eligible for a student exemption from council tax include full time students, postgraduate students, students under 20 and undertaking a qualifying course, foreign language assistants, visiting academics, or a spouse or dependent of a student. If eligible, it is important to claim exemption to avoid paying unwelcome charges.

Councillor John Flanagan, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources, said: “I’d urge students not to delay in claiming their exemption from council tax, it’s quick, easy and can all be done online.”

“We’re pleased to welcome thousands of students to Manchester each year and know there are many exciting distractions in our city but if you ignore letters from the council tax service you may face some unwelcome charges.”


Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant