Benefits for carers

For detailed information about all benefits, visit Carers UK is also a good source of information about benefits.

Council tax support
Council tax support is a discount that helps people on low income to pay their council tax. The amount of support you get will depend on your circumstances and how much council tax you pay.

Council tax discount for carers
To qualify for this 25% discount you must provide care for at least 35 hours a week and: 

  • live with the person you are caring for
  • not be the partner of the person you care for, or their parent if you care for a child under 18
  • care for someone who receives either the highest rate of the care component of the Disability Living Allowance, or the higher rate of Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance

Please note: You don't have to claim Carer's Allowance to qualify for this discount. If there is more than one carer in the property, each carer might qualify for a discount. The carer's council tax discount can be backdated, so long as you met the conditions above in previous years. To apply for this, contact your local council tax office.