Last week, Rotherham Council announced it’s plans to exempt care leavers from paying Council Tax. The Council are considering the idea of making care leavers under the age of 21, or up to 25 if they are still in full time education, free from paying Council Tax. This would be a significant policy that will provide greater financial support to vulnerable young people in the borough.

Councillor Chris Read, Leader of Rotherham MBC, has said that:

Cllr Chris Read, Labour Leader of Rotherham Council

When any young person sets up home on their own for the first time, paying bills can come as a bit of a shock.

But for care leavers this can be even more difficult to manage, so through acting as corporate parents and taking care of our own, we can help in those first few years of independent living.

We are one of the first councils in our part of the world to be adopting this sort of policy, which reflects our changing priorities to ensure that we give more Rotherham young people the best possible start in life.”

The Children’s Society have recommended this exemption up to the age of 25 as they argue that care leavers are a “particularly vulnerable group when it comes to council tax”. Nationally, there are already some council that have enacted this policy.

In Rotherham, these plans will be considered at the Council’s Cabinet meeting later this month on Monday 11 September 2017. If these proposals are agreed at the Cabinet meeting, Rotherham would join other Council’s nationally in being one of the early adopters of this policy.

You can read more information and a briefing about The Children’s Society recommendations on council tax exemption for care leavers can be here.

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