LOCAL AM WELCOMES MOVES TO SUPPORT YOUNG CARE LEAVERS

Local Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Dawn Bowden AM has welcomed the moves being made by Labour councillors on Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Councils to offer extra support for young care leavers.

Dawn Bowden AM said

“I was pleased to see Councillor Carl Cuss from Twyn Carno in Rhymney present a successful motion to the full Cabinet in Caerphilly and that the Labour Group in Merthyr Tydfil has presented a similar notice of motion about council tax exemptions that will be debated in April. These are very welcome steps that can actually help to save money in the longer term as they will help some young people to get a better start in life as they leave care. I congratulate them for taking these actions forwards.

Councillor Carl Cuss said

“I am very pleased that the decision has been taken to make young care leavers exempt from the council tax payments as this provides additional support to allow care leavers to move into independent accommodation. This is a time of their lives when care leavers transitioning into adulthood can face challenges in terms of managing money for the first time without family support and I welcome any additional support that we, as a Council, can provide”.

 

Note

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet members have agreed to make care leavers up to the age of 25 exempt from council tax payments.

It has been agreed by Caerphilly Council’s Cabinet that from 1st April 2018, care leavers between the age of 18 and 25 will be exempt from council tax payments as a means of supporting them into independent accommodation.

Care leavers will now be considered as a specified class under the Council’s Council tax Discretionary Reduction policy and those within the county borough leaving care will automatically be registered with the council tax section so that exemption is awareded promptly. Similar arrangements will be made for those leaving another Council’s care to reside in Caerphilly county borough.

In those cases where a care leaver aged between 18 and 25 resides in a household but is not liable for council tax purposes, the person(s) liable will apply for a discretionary reduction if the presence of the care leaver increases the amount of council tax payable. In these cases the discretionary reduction will be equivalent to the amount by which the council tax has increased.

Care leavers will now be considered as a specified class under the Council’s Council Tax Discretionary Reduction Policy and those within the county borough leaving care will be automatically registered with the council tax section so that the exemption is awarded promptly. Similar arrangements will be made for those leaving another Council’s care to reside in Caerphilly county borough. Care leavers will now be considered as a specified class under the Council’s Council Tax Discretionary Reduction Policy and those within the county borough leaving care will be automatically registered with the council tax section so that the exemption is awarded promptly. Similar arrangements will be made for those leaving another Council’s care to reside in Caerphilly county borough.

In those cases where a care leaver aged between 18 and 25 resides in a household but is not liable for council tax purposes, the person(s) liable will be able to apply for a discretionary reduction if the presence of the care leaver increases the amount of council tax payable. In these cases the discretionary reduction will be equivalent to the amount by which the Council Tax has increased.

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