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Discounts if you are a Carer

If you are caring for somebody in your household (other than your partner or a child under the age of 18) then the person(s) responsible for paying the Council Tax could be eligible for a discount.

How do I apply?

Please visit Apply for a Discount, Exemption or Disregard

What is the discount for carers?

  • If you meet the qualifying conditions as a care-giver, you will no longer be taken into account when we assess the number of adults living in the property for council tax purposes 
  • If the number of adults that we do count is reduced to one, we can award a 25% discount on the council tax bill
  • If all the adults in the property are not counted, we can award a 50% discount on the council tax bill.

Do I qualify?

To be counted as a carer and qualify for this discount you must provide care for another household resident, for a minimum of 35 hours per week.

The person receiving care must also be in receipt of one of the following allowances:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • The highest or middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • An Increase in Constant Attendance Allowance under the Industrial Injuries or War Pensions scheme
  • The highest rate of Constant Attendance Allowance payable on top of full rate Disablement Benefit paid for an industrial injury.

It is possible for more than one adult to be counted as caring for the same person, provided all the conditions set out above are met.

For example, two parents could be caring for an adult son or daughter.

What Happens Next?

You should continue to pay the instalments shown on the Council Tax bill until a decision is made.

We will verify the conditions of entitlement to the discount and if the Council Tax is reduced, a new bill will be issued. If you are due a refund of Council Tax you have already paid, this will be arranged.