Sutton Council scraps Council Tax for Care Leavers until their 25th birthday

16th July 2020

 

At a Council meeting last week, it was approved that all Care Leavers in Sutton who are responsible for paying Council Tax be excused from paying until their 25th birthday.

Before this was approved, the discount or reduction available varies for each young person. This new scheme ensures that all Care Leavers will not have to pay Council Tax bills until they turn 25 years old. This is when the Council’s role as their Corporate Parent officially ends. This scheme forms part of the Councils 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.”

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