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Council Tax for carers

Council Tax discounts for paid and unpaid carers.

A 25% discount may apply if one or more of the occupants of a property provides care for someone else who lives there. This is because the carer is classed as not counted for Council tax purposes.

No discount applies if two or more people other than the carer (or anyone else who is not counted) live in the property.

Unpaid Carers

A person who is not paid to provide care may be disregarded for the purpose of Council Tax if he/she meets the following requirements:

  • he/she is providing care to a person who is in receipt of either:
    • attendance allowance; or
    • the highest or middle rate of the care component of disability living allowance; or
    • an increase in the rate of his/her disablement pension; or
    • an increase in a constant attendance allowance.

  • he/she is resident in the same dwelling as the person to whom he/she is providing care;
  • he/she is providing care for at least 35 hours a week on average;
  • he/she is not the partner of the person for whom care is provided or is not the parent if that person is a child below the age of 18 years.

Paid Carers

To qualify for discount as a careworker (as opposed to an unpaid care provider as above) all of the following conditions must be satisfied be the care worker;

  • The careworker must be caring through a connection with the Crown, a charity or a local authority,
  • must be employed as a careworker for at least 24 hours a week,
  • must be paid no more than £44 per week,
  • must be resident where the care is given, or in premises provided for the better performance of the work.

How to apply

Please download and fill in the application form and return to Customer Services.