Different types of council tax discounts and exemptions

Care leavers

Relief for Care Leavers under Section 13A Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended

As a corporate parent, Warrington Borough Council wants to provide support to care leavers. By granting up to 100% discretionary relief from Council Tax, the Council will be providing financial assistance to care leavers whilst they are developing independent lives and life skills.

Warrington Care Leavers – Definition

The term ‘care leaver’ is defined in The Children (Care Leavers) Act 2000 and refers to eligible, relevant and former relevant children:

  • The person is someone for whom Warrington Borough Council has acted previously as a corporate parent
  • Relevant children are those young people aged 16 and 17 who have already left care, and who were ‘looked after’ for at least 13 weeks from the age of 14 and have been ‘looked after’ at some time while they were 16 or 17;
  • Former relevant children are those young people aged 18, 19 or 20 who have been eligible and/or relevant.

Care leavers can also be classified as ‘qualifying’ care leaver. This category applies to young people who:

  • Left care after 1st October 2001, after they had turned 16, but who are not 'eligible' or 'relevant' because they did not fulfil the 13 week criteria
  • Were accommodated, but in residential education, mental/health provision private fostering or Special Guardianship

If you think you may qualify for this discount then you can apply by completing the form [PDF] and sending it back to:

Benefits & Exchequer Services, New Town House, Buttermarket Street, Warrington WA1 2NH.

Read the Care Leavers Scheme [PDF] for more information