As council tax bills for the year ahead start to drop on our residents doormats, there is one group of people of people who won’t be receiving any bills.
Slough Labour have made care leavers exempt from paying council tax. We recognise that the transition into care into independent accommodation along with becoming a young adult has many challenges, and one of these in juggling financial commitments – often for the first time.
So have protected care leavers from paying council tax until they reach the age of 25 in a bid to make this transition as smooth as possible.
Councillor James Swindlehurst,council leader, said:
“I’m delighted we were able to pass this measure and proud to have taken this vital step to support care leavers. If the care leaver is jointly responsible for paying the council tax on a property, their portion will be exempt.
Councillor Shabnum Sadiq, cabinet member for children and education, said:
“I wholeheartedly supported this measure as care leavers can be a particularly vulnerable group when it comes to council tax. When a young person leaves care and moves into independent accommodation, they begin to manage their own budget fully for the first time. Therefore by offering this exemption, these young people have a few valuable years to learn how to manage their finances and have a better chance at avoiding problem debt in the future.”