Care leavers discount

Care leavers in Telford and Wrekin who are liable for council tax will be eligible for a local discount if they were formerly in the care of Telford & Wrekin Council.

Young people who have spent time in foster or residential care, will be exempt from paying council tax until the age of 25 if they live alone, or if they live in a shared household a percentage discount. 

A care leaver is defined as an individual whom Telford & Wrekin Council had a corporate parent responsibility for.

If you are a care leaver, this local discount will have been automatically applied to your council tax account. This will show on your council tax bill as ‘Care Leaver Discount’.

View our Council Tax discounts section to find out if you are eligible for other discounts (these have to be applied for separately).


The care leavers local discount does not apply if:

  • the council tax bill is in someone else’s name (for instance a friend, relative or landlord) or
  • you are a care leaver from outside Telford and Wrekin (you need to ask the council that was responsible for your care to help you pay your bill).

I am eligible but the discount has not been applied to my bill

If you qualify for this local discount and have received a council tax bill without the discount, please contact the Council Tax team, ensuring you provide your full contact details.


Please note: prior to the 31 March 2020 the discount was only awarded up to the care leavers 22nd birthday.

Last updated: 04/08/2022 10:46

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