Council tax discounts for people providing care
A full Council Tax bill is based on at least 2 adults living in a home. Spouses and partners who live together are jointly responsible for paying the bill.
Some people are not counted (‘disregarded’) when working out how many people live in a property. This means you might be able to apply for a discount on your Council Tax bill if you are a careworker, or carer.
- Care workers are people who are employed, usually by a charity or local authority, to provide care
- Carers are unpaid
You do not have to be in receipt of a Carer's Allowance to claim a discount.
If your application is successful, your discount will be reviewed annually.
Discount for care workers
You may qualify for a discount if you are a care worker if you meet the following conditions:
- You provide support or care to another person at the same address
- You're employed to provide support or care to that person, and were introduced to the person receiving care by a charity or local authority
- You earn no more than £44 per week
- You work for at least 24 hours a week
- You live where the care is given or in premises which have been provided for the better performance of the work.
As part of the application you will need to upload proof of benefits received and a copy of your payslip. If you are unable to upload proof of benefits you will need to download a consent form for completion by the person receiving care and upload this to your application.
Discount for carers
You may qualify for a discount if you meet the following conditions:
- You live in the same home as the person you provide care for
- The person receiving care is not your spouse, partner or a child under the age of 18
- you provide at least 35 hours a week of care to a person who is entitled to receive one of the following:
- any rate of Attendance Allowance
- the middle or highest rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance
- any rate of the daily living activity component of Personal Independence Payment
- an increase in their disablement pension
- an increase in Constant Attendance Allowance
As part of the application you will need to upload proof of benefits received. If you are unable to upload proof of benefits you will need to download a consent form for completion by the person receiving care and upload this to your application.