Care leavers discretionary discount

From the 01 April 2020 Uttlesford District Council has introduced a Council Tax discount for care leavers aged up to 21 who live within the district.


This discount applies to care leavers who either live alone, live with other care leavers or if they have joined an existing household.


Apply online for care leavers discretionary discount



A household occupied only by care leavers will be given sufficient discretionary relief to ensure that they pay no Council Tax.

If the care leaver has joined another household, we will reduce their Council Tax so that the liability of the household is the same as it would have been before the care leaver moved in. We will award enough discretionary relief to ensure that the Council Tax liability does not increase as a result of them moving in.


For the purpose of this discount a care leaver is defined as a person aged up to 21 years who has -

(a) been looked after by Essex County Council for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14; and who was looked after by the local authority at school-leaving age or after that date;
(b) is entitled to leaving care support from Essex County Council.   

Making a Claim

Care leavers and those in their household are required to take steps to reduce their Council Tax bill by making a claim for any applicable discounts or exemptions and Council Tax Reduction (CTR) before the care leavers discount amount can be calculated. For example, if they live alone and are have a low income or are claiming a state benefit, they must first claim a 25% sole occupancy discount and apply for CTR.

You can download a pdf of the application form (PDF) [317KB] , print it and send your completed form to Uttlesford District Council, London Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4ER

You can also apply for the discount online.

For more information please contact the Council Tax team on 01799 510510 or send an email to and we can provide further advice and an application form.