Council Tax Exemption Watch
On top of this I do home study for the courses and coursework for one of them.
I am doing this with a view to going to Hull University to study Law with Politics.
In total I am probably spending over 10 hours per week as a student however I work during the day although not always on a 9-5 basis.
My council (East Riding of Yorkshire) says that I am NOT council tax exempt because they require you to be in full time education doing over 21hrs per week.
Despite this I have friends who go to University and do 8 hrs per week of lectures, the occasional seminar and a few hours outside of the University. They are concil tax exempt as "full time students" despite the fact they also work (tax free too!) during the week.
How is this right?
Full Time degree students should be spending at least 40 hours a week on their studies, I am full time and have about 14-16 hours a week in lectures, the rest is studying out of my own time. If students spend 20 hours a week on uni full time then really the only thing they will do is fail unless they are at a crappy uni or course.
Students are not tax free - the only reason most get out of the PAYE system is because they and their employer sign a declaration that they will earn below the £4615 zero tax bracket over an entire year. If they earn more than this and don't pay tax and NI then they are guilty of tax evasion.
The problem is my council seems to class lecture / lesson time as "study time" it is not taking into account what I do at home.