You may be able to get a discount on your council tax if you care for someone who is disabled.

Live-in carers

The person you look after must not be your spouse, partner or child under 18 years old, and you must: 

  • live in the same property as the person you care for
  • provide at least 35 hours a week of care

The person you care for must receive either:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • the higher or middle rate of any care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • the highest rate of a Disablement Pension
  • an increase in Constant Attendance Allowance
  • either rate of the ‘daily living’ component of Personal Independence Payment
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

Apply for a care worker council tax discount

If your home is empty because you’re receiving care elsewhere

To qualify the home needs to be left empty with no one else living at the property in-between and the move to receive care must be permanent.

The person you are caring for must need care because of:

  • Old age
  • Disablement
  • An illness
  • A past or present alcohol and/or drug dependence
  • A past or present mental disorder

If your home is empty because you're providing care elsewhere

This only applies if you have moved permanently to provide care and have no intention to return to the property. The property you have left empty must have been your sole or main residence before you moved to provide care and must be empty. 

The person you are caring for must need care because of:

  • Old age
  • Disablement
  • An illness
  • A past or present alcohol and/or drug dependence
  • A past or present mental disorder

If you’re a volunteer care worker

If you voluntarily care for an elderly person or a person with a disability, you aren’t counted for council tax purposes so you may be able to get a discount.

You must:

  • be paid no more than £35 per week
  • live where the care is given, or in premises provided by your employer
  • provide care on behalf of a local authority or charity, or be employed by the person you care for

Care home discount

If everyone who lives in a care home is a patient they are disregarded from council tax and you can apply for a discount.

You can’t get an discount if someone lives in the care home but isn’t a patient – such as a staff member, manager or owner (or part of their family).

Tell us if your circumstances change

If your circumstances change and this may affect your eligibility for a discount, you must tell us straight away.

Email counciltax@warrington.gov.uk or phone 01925 443210 lines are open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, charged at local rate. You can also visit Contact Warrington from: 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Friday