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Council tax care leaver discount

Young people who have been looked after by the council may qualify for relief from having to pay Council Tax for single adults or those living with other care leavers up to and including age of 25.

Who will benefit from the relief?

This discount is available to care leavers who are liable to pay council tax, or who live with one other adult and count towards occupancy of the dwelling.

A 100% discount will be awarded to a care leaver living alone or solely with other care leavers reducing the Council Tax charge to nil for the qualifying period.

A  25% discount will be awarded where a care leaver lives with just one other adult.

The discount will be awarded only after entitlements to other discounts have been applied (including Council Tax Reduction).

The qualifying period will be from 18 to 25 i.e. from the person’s 18th birthday to the day before their 25th birthday.

How to apply

You will need to apply in writing (email or post) except for cases where we have been able to establish all the conditions of entitlement to the discount from existing evidence held by us or has been provided to us.

Applications may be made by email to or by post to:

City Hall
St Peters Street

Once an award has been made an adjustment notice or bill will be sent confirming the discount.

Anyone in receipt of a discount must tell us within 21 days of any change in circumstances which may affect their entitlement to any discount.

This discount was introduced from 1 April 2018.

This scheme comes under the Local Council Tax Discounts Policy.