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Money off council tax for carers

If you are a carer, you may be entitled to council tax discount.


If you're currently struggling to pay your bills, please see our financial support during Coronavirus outbreak information.

There are two types of carers who may be entitled to receive a discount on council tax

  • Carers employed to provide care
  • Carers living with the person the provide care for

Carers employed to provide care

To qualify for this discount your carers must:

  • live in the property of the person you provide care for
  • provide care for at least 24 hours per week
  • receive £44.00 (or less) per week for providing this care

Carers living with the person they provide care for

To qualify for this discount, you must:

  • Provide care and support for someone who lives with you, for at least 35 hours per week. This person must not be your partner or spouse, or your child (aged under 18 years)
  • Care for someone who is entitled to one of  the following benefits:
    • attendance allowance (any rate)
    • the middle or highest rate care component of disability living allowance 
    • an increase in the rate of disablement allowance
    • an increase in a constant attendance allowance

Change in circumstances

If your living circumstances change, you must inform us within 21 days. Failure to do so could result in financial penalties. See our Tell us you've moved house or had a change in circumstances page for more information.

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