Council tax discount and exemption scheme helping those who leave care
Southampton City Council is committed to supporting young people in the city when they leave care. We are a corporate parent, and like all parents we want to give our young people the best start in life as they become young adults and journey to independence.
We know that this transition can sometimes be a challenging time for our young people, with financial pressures often adding to the stress of leaving care. So, we are introducing a new Council Tax discount and exemption scheme to help ease this transition and support them during this important time in their lives.
Leader of Southampton City Council, Councillor Christopher Hammond said: “All parents want the best for their children, and as corporate parents we are no different. We want our children leaving care to thrive in life and by offering them a council tax discount and exemption scheme we are able to do what many parents do for their children, and financially help them at a critical time. We pledged in our manifesto that we would introduce this scheme and we’re now delivering on that commitment.”
The care leavers discount and exemption scheme will apply to all young people living in the city, up to the age of 25, who have been looked after by a local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14, and which ended on or after their 16th birthday. Depending on the living circumstances of the young person, they will be either eligible for a council tax discount or full exemption.
Our council tax discount and exemption scheme page lists all of the reasons why a person or their property could be eligible for a discount or exemption.