Wealden District Council

Discount for carers

Question

What if I am (or someone that I live with is) a carer or care worker?

Answer

There are two types of carer that are ignored or "disregarded" for council tax and we won’t take them into account when we calculate the bill.

There are carers who look after a member of the family, or a friend in their own home and there are carers who are employed on a low income. We cannot allow a discount where care is being provided to a husband, wife, or a child under 18.

If you are providing care to a friend or family member and you live in the same home, you can claim a discount if:

  • Everyone in the household, or everyone except one person, can be ignored for council tax purposes.
  • The person you care for needs care for at least 35 hours per week.
  • The person you care for is receiving: Attendance Allowance, middle or highest rate of care component of Disability Living Allowance, an increase to Severe Disability Pension, or an increase in constant Attendance Allowance

If you are employed as a care worker and live in the same property as the person you are caring for, you can claim a discount if:

  • Everyone in the household, or everyone except one person, can be ignored for council tax purposes.
  • You are employed by a charitable organisation or public authority, or have been introduced to the person by a charitable organisation or public authority.
  • You provide at least 24 hours of care each week.
  • You earn less than £44 per week for your care services.

If you think that you might be entitled to this discount please print an Carers discount form (pdf) and send it to us.

If you receive Local Housing Allowance (housing benefit) you may be entitled to an additional bedroom, for your carer, if your carer stays overnight regularly. Please contact the Benefits Service on 01323 443500.

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