Microsoft 365 subscription discount

This benefit is for councillors and eligible employees of Bracknell Forest Council.

The Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP) is an employee purchase programme for staff and councillors. It lets you get a Microsoft 365 Family and Personal subscription on Premium Office apps, extra cloud storage, advanced security and more at a discounted rate. 

All council employees with a valid work email address can access the benefit and purchase a discounted Microsoft subscription for personal use at home. 

Download the Microsoft HUP guide for employees to get started. 

About this offer

Please make sure that you have read the following information about this discount offer.

Personal details

Your home account details cannot be seen by anyone at the council. Your council email address is only used at the beginning of the process to verify entitlement to the discount.

Pricing, discounts and renewal

Prices and discounts are set by Microsoft – visit Home Use Programme to see the latest information. 

If you already have an Office365 account set up through previous council discounts, the current discount will be applied and remains in place as long as you keep it set it auto-renew.

If you already have a Office365 subscription that you set up without using council discount, sign in with your existing home details and the discount will be applied to your account - make sure that your subscription is set to auto-renew.

Microsoft account

You will need to set up a personal Microsoft account. This doesn't need to be with a Microsoft email address, so you can use another email address such as Gmail if you wish.

You must then sign in with your personal Microsoft account details and the email address that you used to set up your personal Microsoft account. Do not use your council email address for this as it will not work. 


If you have any issues, you will need to refer to Microsoft Store support or Microsoft HUP questions page - the council's IT Services will not be able to support any issues arising from the use of this benefit.

Leaving the council

If you leave Bracknell Forest Council, your home Microsoft 365 subscription will remain in place as long as it is set to auto-renew.