Care leaver discount and exemption

The Council Tax (Discount) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2018 give a discount or exemption to care leavers from Council Tax if you meet the criteria.


A care leaver 

  • is at least 18 years old but under 26
  • is no longer looked after by a local authority
  • was on that person's sixteenth birthday or at any subsequent time looked after by a local authority.

Amount of discount

We may offer a

  • 25% discount if all but one of the adults living at the property are care leavers

  • 100% exemption if the property is occupied solely by care leavers.

This discount reduces your Council Tax, water and sewerage charges.  Although you may have left care beforehand, the earliest date the discount or exemption can be applied from is 1 April 2018.

How to apply

Get in touch with the Throughcare and Aftercare team and they will provide us with confirmation you are a care leaver. We may contact you for further information.

Throughcare and Aftercare team

Telephone: 0131 529 6400