Young people leaving care in Derby could be exempt from having to pay council tax under new proposals being discussed at a Council Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 14th February.
Social isolation and loneliness is a common feeling for care leavers. With little access to wider support networks, and with the increasing financial responsibility of looking after themselves, independent living can often become overwhelming.
As Corporate Parents to Derby care leavers, Derby City Council wish to support these young adults with the financial pressures they experience, as they transition into adulthood by paying their Council Tax.
This would be the first in a series of measures which have been developed using feedback from care leavers.
Derby City Council has a high performing Leaving Care Service which was acknowledged through Ofsted’s Single Improvement Framework inspection 2017 and rated as good.
Councillor Sara Bolton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Safeguarding says
“The Council has a statutory duty to provide care leavers with greater opportunity and protection against the risk of poverty and unemployment. This is a positive step forward in supporting our care leavers to achieve their potential in their adult years”.
Derby will join more than 60 other local authorities who have already taken the tax exemption step, following a national campaign by the Children’s Society to highlight how many youngsters find themselves in financial difficulty after care due to a range of complex factors.