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Carers Discounts

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

The full council tax bill assumes that there are 2 adults residing in a dwelling. However, for council tax purposes certain people will not be counted when looking at the number of adults.


Does the person(s) providing care and the person receiving care both have to be resident in the same property?

Yes. In order to be disregarded the carer must be resident in the same dwelling as the person to whom he/she is providing care.
 

Why does the disabled person's benefit have to be granted?

The disabled person must receive one of the three benefits shown in Box A, if the carer is to be disregarded.
 

Why do the hours spent providing care have to be declared?

This is because a carer can only be disregarded if he/she spends, on average, at least 35 hours per week providing care.
 

How do I apply?

Before applying, please see the ‘Can I be disregarded?’ checklist
Complete the Council Tax Discount - Carer Form. Once it has been assessed you will be notified of our decision.

For how long will the discount be allowed?

For as long as there are less than two adults in the property who are not disregarded. If there is any change in circumstances then you must notify us. Failure to do so may result in a penalty being imposed.

 

Can I be disregarded? - A Checklist

Is the person receiving care getting any of the benefits in Box A? No Does not Qualify
Yes    
Is the carer resident at the same property as the person receiving care? No Does not Qualify
Yes    
Is the carer providing care for 35 hours a week on average? No Does not Qualify
Yes    
Is the carer a person in Box B? Yes Does not Qualify
No    
Qualifies    

 

Box A Box B
  1. An attendance allowance;
     
  2. The middle or highest rate of the care component of a Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment;
     
  3. The appropriately increased rate of Disablement Pension;
  1. The spouse of the person receiving care; or
     
  2. Living together as husband or wife; or
     
  3. The parent of the person receiving care; where the person receiving care is a child below the age of 18 years.
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