Venue: Committee Room, Council Offices, Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Contact: Lynn Cain
Appointment of Chairman
Councillor Lachlan Morrison was
appointed as Chairman for the duration of the meeting.
Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary or Personal Interests and Non Disclosable Pecuniary/Other Interests
There were no declarations of interest
Minutes PDF 149 KB
that the minutes of the meeting
of the Panel held on 7th June, 2018 be received and
Council Tax Exemptions for Care Leavers PDF 230 KB
The Chairman introduced the
item and reminded Members that at the last meeting the Panel
considered the introductory report in relation to the new review
topic namely, Council Tax Exemptions for Care Leavers.
He informed Members that the
Council’s Service Manager for Revenues and Benefits was in
attendance at the last meeting to provide the background to this
issue and assist the Panel with the review process.
Members were advised that the
definition of a Care Leaver was a person leaving Nottinghamshire
County Council care provision at the age of 18. The exemptions proposed had been recommended to
assist Care Leavers as they transitioned back into society and to
give them a level of support whilst they established appropriate
living arrangements and work opportunities.
In readiness for this meeting
the Service Manager – Democratic and Scrutiny Services was
requested to ascertain the Council’s level of involvement
with other agencies offering support and advice to Care Leavers
within the County and, obtain data from the County Council
regarding Care Leaver numbers to assist with the evaluation of
Unfortunately, the Service
Manager for Revenues and Benefits was not able to attend this
meeting to provide an update however, Members were asked to
consider and discuss the report presented to them, and in
particular the draft proposed scheme as appended.
The Service Manager –
Democratic and Scrutiny Services proceeded to outline the
preparatory work undertaken to date in respect of the proposed
scheme and in doing so referred Members to the original proposals
which were set out in the Children’s Society report in
November, 2017, which would ensure that Care Leavers receive
support and protections in light of the additional vulnerabilities
they may face.
The report “A National
Offer for Care Leavers – Preventing them from falling into
financial difficulty” 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
The Service Manager –
Democratic and Scrutiny Services emphasised that recommendation 4
falls within the powers of local government. Consequently, in order to determine whether the
recommendation should be adopted this Council should consider what
help is already available within Ashfield.
Members were reminded that at
the last meeting detailed information was still awaited from Nottinghamshire County
Council. A joint meeting between the
County and District Councils has now taken place and the County
Council have agreed to supply monthly figures to the District
Councils to allow them to apply ...
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