Council agrees Council Tax discount for young people leaving care

January 11, 2018

East Lindsey District Council will grant a discount on Council Tax for young people leaving care from April 1, 2018; becoming the first Council in Lincolnshire to do so.

The policy will mean care leavers aged between 18 - 21 years will not need to pay Council Tax, recognising that young people leaving care are one of the most vulnerable groups in society without access to support and financial help from parents or a wider family network.

The decision offers a way for East Lindsey District Council to support those leaving care and builds on a Governmental push to ensure that local authorities do their best to help as they make the transition to independent living. The decision to offer council tax exemption is one of the options suggested and is not a statutory requirement.

In East Lindsey there are currently 23 individuals who might benefit. The scheme will come into effect from April 1, 2018 and eligible individuals will be able to apply by completing an application form, which will be passed to care leavers by Lincolnshire County Council.

The Council's Portfolio Holder for Communities, Councillor Wendy Bowkett, said: "By offering this discount, young people leaving care will be supported as they move into independent living.

"Supporting the District's most vulnerable residents is a priority for the Council and becoming the first Council in Lincolnshire to offer this support for care leavers shows our commitment to this."