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Young people leaving Rochdale Borough Council care could pay no council tax

09 February 2017

​​​​Councillor Allen Brett.

The council is set to ensure that young people leaving care in the borough of Rochdale will not have to pay council tax until they're 21 years old.

Councillors are considering giving care leavers a 100% council tax discount from 1 April 2017. 

The move is designed to make it easier for care leavers to move into independent living when they leave the care of the council.

A recent report by The Children’s Society suggested care leavers are a particularly vulnerable group for council tax debt. It found that often, when care leavers move into independent accommodation, they begin to manage their own budget fully for the first time, which can be a challenging time, particularly if they're falling behind on their council tax.

Rochdale Borough Council’s vision for cared for children and young people is to create an environment and deliver services in which they can individually flourish, as the foundation for successful adulthood. 

Councillor Allen Brett, the council’s cabinet member for resources, said: “The council is a parent to these young people so is committed to do the very best for them. We have worked with them to develop a charter and a series of pledges. Our challenge is to deliver on these pledges, putting our cared for children and young people at the heart of all that we do so that they have the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential.”

Councillors will vote on the idea at the budget fixing council meeting at Rochdale town hall on 1 March 2017 and if approved the discount will come into effect on 1 April 2017.