Care Leavers and Council Tax Exemption

Year: 2017
Topic: Legislation, Throughcare and aftercare
Author: Kenny McGhee

The issue of financial hardship and the impact of poverty on care leavers is well documented. Care leavers are a particularly vulnerable group when it comes to financial hardship. Leaving home at a much earlier age that the general population, care leavers are much more likely to encounter the effects of debt and poverty, lacking the safety net of the 'bank of mum & dad' which others may take for granted.

This briefing is a starting point to consider how best to adopt a clear, coordinated and effective approach to exempting care leavers from council tax, ensuring these changes are effected, and that the unnecessary impact of debt accumulation and poverty on our care leavers is alleviated wherever possible.

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