Council Tax discount for care leavers

Test Valley Borough Council has implemented a new discount for Care leavers.

From 1 April 2020 you may be entitled to 100% discount on your council tax bill, so you pay nothing, if you:

  • Are a care leaver aged between 18 and 25
  • Have been in the care of Hampshire County Council for at least 13 weeks from the age of 14
  • Are liable for Council Tax or a share of council tax on a dwelling in the Test Valley area.

If this applies to you, you still need to apply for any other reduction to which you are entitled to such as:

  • Student discount or exemption
  • Single person discount
  • Council Tax reduction

We will top up your entitlement with a care leaver discount so you will not have to pay Council Tax until you reach your 25th birthday.

Award criteria

  • Care leavers who are solely liable to pay council tax will be awarded 100% relief on the amount of council tax they are liable to pay after all statutory discounts and exemptions have been applied
  • Where a care leaver lives with just one other adult whether jointly liable or not a discount of 25% will apply.

This discount is only for council tax due after 1 April 2020, so you will still need to pay any council tax you owe for an earlier period.

Your personal advisor or another approved person must complete Part 3 of the form.

The Revenues Team will inform you once the discount has been agreed.