Council tax discounts and exemptions
Carers can be disregarded for council tax purposes if they fall into one of two groups.
The first group of carers who are disregarded for council tax purposes must meet all the following criteria:
- care for at least 35 hours a week.
- live in the same property as the person they care for.
- not be the partner of the person they care for.
- not be the parent of the person they care for, if the person cared for is aged under 18.
In addition, the person being cared for must be entitled to one of the following benefits: disability living allowance (highest rate of the care component), personal independence payment (either rate of the daily living component), attendance allowance (higher rate) or constant attendance allowance.
The second group of carers who are disregarded for council tax purposes must meet all the following criteria:
- provide care or support on behalf of a local authority, government department or charity.
- provide care through an introduction by a charity, where the person being cared for is the carer’s employer.
- employed to care for the person for at least 24 hours a week.
- paid no more than £44 per week.
- resident where the care is given.
More than one person in the same dwelling can count as a carer, including where caring responsibilities are being shared.
Someone who falls into either of these carer groups will be eligible for a council tax discount.
To apply, please fill in and submit an application for discount disregard - carers.
Send your completed form to:Revenues and benefits, Lichfield District Council, District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffs WS13 6YX.