District Council introduces council tax exemption for young care leavers
Posted on 29 May 2018
Young people leaving care in South Holland will receive invaluable support on the transition towards independence, after South Holland District Council supported a move to provide an exemption on paying Council tax for them.
The Council agreed the motion to help young care leavers between the ages of 18-21 who live in the District, by giving them a full discount beginning immediately.
The decision stems from the Government's care leaver strategy 'Keep on Caring', which encourages local authorities to consider how they can support care leavers, using existing flexibilities, to meet their Council Tax payments.
Councillor Peter Coupland, South Holland Council Portfolio Holder for Finance, said that the decision was an excellent move: "The introduction of this discount for care leavers further demonstrates South Holland's support for developing a culture of corporate parenting across all parts of the local authority."
"Both local and national government and the rest of society have a moral obligation to provide as much support as they can to help these young people make the transition to adulthood and independent living. This is a very positive step from South Holland District Council and will be a great help to those impacted by it."
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