Council tax exemption for those leaving care extended to 25-years-old in Suffolk

Leader of Suffolk County Council, Colin Noble, said the council tax exemption for care leavers up to

Leader of Suffolk County Council, Colin Noble, said the council tax exemption for care leavers up to 25 would help them avoid debt. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Council tax exemptions for those who have been looked after by their local authority and are now leaving care has been extended to the age of 25.

Suffolk council leaders signed off on the proposals at Friday’s Suffolk Public Sector Leaders meeting, where they said it would help youngsters to avoid falling into debt.

Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble said: “What we feel is by doing this it’s less likely to drop them into debt and all that comes with that.

“I think this will be one small step that helps young people as they make that transition.”

New legislation introduced last year requires all local authorities to have provision for care leavers up to the age of 25.


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A report prepared for Friday’s meeting added that care leavers go from having their needs met to a new set of “often overwhelming responsibilities” without the family support their peers can rely on.

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