Care Leavers

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Care Leavers exemption

Many young people leaving care require support to manage the effects of their pre-care and in-care experiences as they make the transition into adulthood and independent living. The Scottish Government has implemented a mandatory exemption to Council Tax for all care leavers under the age of 26 who were looked after by a local authority on or after their 16th birthday.

A property is exempted from council tax where all adult residents of the household are care leavers, students, school leavers or those affected by a severe mental impairment. Care leavers are also disregarded from the calculation of the number of adult residents of a household for Council Tax discount purposes. Anyone who thinks they may be eligible should speak to their HSCP support worker who can assist you with making an application. 


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