Council Scraps Council Tax for Care Leavers

Published Tuesday, 7th July 2020

The Council is excited to announce the move to further support young people leaving care. The approved change allows an exemption for young people leaving care, which applies until they turn 25 years.

Care leavers who are supported by a local authority rather than their parents often face more challenges than other young people in the same community. A particular challenge for care leavers can be managing their finances. A study by the Children's Society showed that 57% of care leavers have difficulty managing their money, avoiding debt and are three times more likely to receive a benefit sanction than the general population.

Prior to the accepted proposal the discount or reduction available to Care Leavers varied. This new proposal ensures that all Care Leavers regardless of their circumstance are exempt until they turn 25 years old, which is when the Council’s role as their Corporate Parent officially ends. The ambitious move by the Council forms part of their pledge to support children and young people in care. 

Councillor Marian James, Chair of the People Committee and the Corporate Parent Forum said;

“We have a duty to support care leavers to successfully transition to adulthood but we also need to be compassionate to their wider needs as they leave our care. We are ambitious for our children and young people and want to enable them to reach their full potential. Support is provided by the Leaving Care Team covering different aspects of a young person’s life - finances, health and wellbeing, accommodation and housing and employment and education. I am pleased to announce this new scheme and want to look at further ways we can shape services to positively impact our children and young people’s futures.”