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Council tax discounts

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

8. Other discounts

Here are some other discounts and examples where you might not have to pay the full amount. These include:

Carers

A carer is a person who is either a resident at the same address as the person they are providing care for, and

  • providing care to a person who is entitled to receive a qualifying state benefit, and
  • providing care for at least 35 hours a week on average, and
  • providing care to a person who is not their husband, wife, common law husband or wife, partner or civil partner

Or they are in premises, which have been provided for them to care for someone, and

  • employed by a public authority, a charitable organisation or the Crown, and
  • employed for more than 24 hours a week, and
  • earning no more than £44 a week.

A spouse or partner cannot be classed as a carer for council tax purposes.

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 person being cared for may also fulfil all of the severe mental impairment criteria, but this is not essential for the carer to claim.

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.

Someone who falls into either of these carer groups is disregarded for council tax and they will pay a reduced bill.

If you think you should be disregarded as a carer, simply fill in our online form:

Care Residents

If you're living in a nursing home, a residential care home, a hostel or you're in hospital receiving long-term treatment you may be able to get a discount. This doesn't include temporary stays.

If you think you may be entitled to a council tax discount, please contact the council tax office by phone: 01474 337700 or by emailing council.tax@gravesham.gov.uk

Forces

If you're in the forces there may be a discount involved.

Any dependent of that person, even if they're not a British citizen, who is not normally resident in the UK will also be able to get the discount. This means they will not be included when we count the number of occupants at the address.

If all the occupants (including dependent relatives) living at the address are members of a visiting force, the property may not have to pay any Council Tax.

If you think you may be entitled to a council tax discount, please contact the council tax office by phone: 01474 337700 or by emailing council.tax@gravesham.gov.uk

Prison

If you're held in remand by order of a court, or you're in prison then there may be a discount applied to the bill.

But, if you haven't paid your Council Tax and that's why you're in prison then you won't get a discount.

If you think you may be entitled to a council tax discount, please contact the council tax office by phone: 01474 337700 or by emailing council.tax@gravesham.gov.uk

Religious

If you're living in a religious community you might get a discount on your bill.

This means you'll not be included when we count the number of occupants living in your community.

In order to get the discount you must be living in a community where the principal occupation is prayer, contemplation, education or the relief of suffering. Each person must not have an income (except from occupational pension from a former employment), nor any capital of their own.

You must be dependent on the community for all your needs.

If you think you may be entitled to a council tax discount, please contact the council tax office by phone: 01474 337700 or by emailing council.tax@gravesham.gov.uk

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