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Care leavers and council tax


If you are a care leaver aged under 25 who is paying council tax or living with someone who pays council tax, we may be able to reduce the amount of council tax you pay.

Will I qualify?

To qualify for a reduction you must be:

  • a care leaver under 25 years old
  • live in County Durham
  • named on the council tax bill

The reduction will stop on your 25th birthday or if the policy is revised.

What will I pay?

If you are the only person paying the council tax bill, you will not have to pay any council tax.

If you live with someone else, the council tax bill will be reduced to 50%.

How do I apply?

To find out if you qualify please complete the Icon for pdf application form (PDF, 130.9kb)  and:

  • contact us to return it by email or post
  • return it to your Young Person's Advisor (YPA)

If you have any questions, contact us or speak to your YPA.

If you qualify for a reduction it will be automatically paid to the relevant council tax account.

Our policy

The policy will be reviewed annually and the current scheme is valid until 31 March 2019.

Contact us
Council tax
03000 26 4000
Our address is:
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • PO Box 238
  • Stanley
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH8 1FP
01207 218 876
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