Young People Leaving Care (Care Leavers)

New legislation has been passed effective from 01 April 2018 which may allow for a reduction in Council Tax for a young person leaving care.

You may qualify for an exemption or discount in Council Tax if you are a young person leaving care depending on the number of other adults residing in the property with you.

Who is a care leaver?

A care leaver is a person who:

  • Is at least 18 years of age but not yet 26 years of age
  • Was on that person’s sixteenth birthday or at any subsequent time looked after by a Local Authority
  • Is no longer looked after by a Local Authority.

Examples of where an exemption may apply:

  • You have left care and you now live on your own
  • You have left care and now share a home where everyone in the household qualifies to be disregarded.

If any of the above apply please download the Council Tax Exemption Application Form (Occupied Property).

Examples of where a 25% discount may apply:

  • You share your home with one other person who is not disregarded for Council Tax purposes
  • There are two (or more) adult residents and all but one person qualifies to be disregarded.

If any of the above apply please download the Council Tax Discount Application Form.

Applying for money off your Council Tax

Download and complete our application form. 

If you require any help in completing this form, please visit any Council Contact Centre where our staff will give you confidential assistance. Alternatively please telephone our Customer Advice and Support Service.