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Care leaver (care experienced young person) discount

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If you’re a care leaver (care experienced young person), you may be eligible for a discount on your Council Tax.

This recognises the challenges faced by young people when they leave care and learn to budget their finances independently.

Find out if you’re eligible

To qualify, you must be liable to pay Council Tax for your home.

Support will be provided to care experienced young people, where we are the corporate parent, and the young person is resident in:

  • BCP Council area
  • Dorset Council area
  • New Forest District Council area

A discretionary discount will be granted, up to:

  • 100% of the Council Tax for eligible care experienced young people aged 18 to 23
  • 50% of the Council Tax liability for eligible care experienced young people aged 24

The discount ends on your 25th birthday.

The value of the discount will depend on whether you’re solely liable for Council Tax, or liable with someone else.

Download full details of the policy requirements and exclusions.

How to apply

To apply for a care leavers discount complete our form and return it to the Children in Care or Care Leavers Service by email to

They will check whether the young person meets the criteria and verify the form for the Council Tax team so that they can apply the saving to the bill You’ll need to know your Council Tax account number.

If you need any help with completing the form, please contact us.

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