Council tax and care leavers

Care leavers under 21

In 2016, the council decided to reduce council tax bills for its care leavers to zero from 1 April 2017 until they reach their 21st birthday.

If this applies to you, you still need to apply for any other reduction to which you are entitled such as:

  • student discount or exemption
  • single resident discount
  • council tax support (CTS)

but we will automatically top up your entitlement so you have nothing to pay until you reach your 21st birthday.

You do not need to fill in a form as you are entitled to this discount regardless of your circumstances.

The discount does not apply if the bill is in someone else’s name, for instance a friend, relative or landlord, or you are a care leaver from outside Birmingham, but it does still apply if you are jointly liable for council tax with someone who is not a care leaver, or if you would be named on the bill if you were not a student.

Sometimes we may not know straightaway that you have moved address, so if you get a bill and you think you should have had this discount, just let us know by emailing counciltax@birmingham.gov.uk or calling 0121 303 1113.

This discount is only for amounts due for periods after 1 April 2017, so you will still need to pay any council tax you owe for an earlier period. Unless you have already done so, you will need to contact us to agree a payment arrangement.

Between the ages of 21 and 25

If you are over 21 and under 25, you can ask for further help if you have claimed any other reductions you are entitled to and are still finding it difficult to make ends meet.

Apply for care leaver discount 

This discount is only for council tax due after 1 April 2017, so you will still need to pay any council tax you owe for an earlier period. Unless you have already done so, you will need to contact us to agree a payment arrangement.

We can backdate the discount to 1 April of the financial year in which we

  • receive your application, or
  • identify that the conditions for the discount are met.

If you leave Birmingham and then return, you can apply for a discount for any period for which you are liable for council tax in Birmingham, provided the other conditions are met.

Entitlement will end when you reach the age of 25, or your circumstances change such that you no longer qualify.

If we do not award you a discount, you can ask us to look again at our decision. You will need to put your request in writing, with reasons, and supply relevant supporting information. Reviews will be considered by someone not involved in the original decision, and you will be told the outcome of the review in writing.