Care leaver (care experienced young person)

From 1 April 2020, BCP Council introduced a discount to specified care experienced young people, from Council Tax.

This is being implemented to reflect the challenges faced by many young people when they leave care as they learn to budget their finances independently.

In order to qualify

In order to qualify, you must be liable to pay Council Tax for your home.

Support will be provided to care experienced young people, where BCP Council is the corporate parent and the young person is resident in one of:

  • BCP Council area
  • Dorset Council area
  • New Forest District Council area

A discretionary discount will be granted, of up to:

  • 100% of the Council Tax for eligible care experienced young people aged 18 to 23
  • 50% of the Council Tax liability for eligible care experienced young people aged 24

The discount will end on their 25th birthday. The value of the discount will depend on whether you are solely liable for Council Tax, or liable with someone else.

Full details of the policy requirements and exclusions


To apply, you will need to complete this form.

Then return it to the Children in Care or Care Leavers Service. They will ensure the young person meets the criteria and verify the form for the Council Tax team to apply. 

Page last updated: 24 March 2021
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