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that the minutes of the meeting
of the Panel held on 23rd January, 2018 be received and
Introduction to Consideration of New Scrutiny Topic - Council Tax Exemptions for Care Leavers PDF 181 KB
The Chairman introduced Craig
Scott, the Council’s Service Manager for Revenues and
Benefits, who was in attendance at the meeting to advise the Panel
in relation to the new review topic.
The report attached to the
agenda detailed the proposals for Council Tax exemptions for care
leavers under the age of 25 including the recommendations from the
report produced by the Children’s Society in November
Craig Scott presented the
report to the Panel Members and explained the definition of a care
leaver as a person leaving Nottinghamshire County Council care
provision at the age of 18. The
proposed exemptions had been recommended to assist care leavers as
they transitioned back into normal society and to give them some
support whilst they established appropriate living arrangements and
The financial difficulties that
care leavers often faced had been recognised by the Government
within their latest Care Leavers’ Strategy and in response,
The Children’s Society had produced their own document in
November 2017 which included a list of recommendations to shape the
National Offer as follows:-
Make sure that care leavers are exposed to a less
severe sanction regime to better support them into work.
Allow low-income working care leavers to claim the
same in-work benefits as older adults without children to boost
their income in recognition that they may have greater financial
responsibilities than other young people of their age.
Extend the higher rate of housing benefit they may
receive until the age of 25 to promote stability.
Exempt all care leavers under the age of 25 from
council tax in recognition of the corporate parenting role of the
Recommendation 4 was within the
remit of local authorities and the Council could therefore decide
how it wished to assist care leavers under this
Members acknowledged that the
exemption, if applied until 25 years of age, would not be means
tested in any way or based on the ability of the particular care
leaver to pay should they be receiving a higher salary. Should the care leaver be residing with another
party this living arrangement would, again, not be taken into
account as part of the exemption benefit offered.
The Council already had in
place a Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme and Ashfield District
Council were one of the few remaining local authorities that still
provided a 100% reduction within their Scheme for claimants means
tested on the lowest income levels.
Care leavers were already able
to access some of the exemptions in place as part of the Scheme
that were of particular relevance to young people i.e:-
people on some apprentice schemes (earning less than
£195 per week);
18 and 19 year olds in full time
full time college and university
young people under 25 who receive funding from the
Skills Funding Agency or Young People’s Learning
Whilst the Panel were
considering their options for providing the exemption for care
leavers, it was necessary to also ...
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