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Proposed Council Tax exemptions for care leavers

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Mark Drakeford AM, has announced that the Welsh Government is consulting on proposal to exempt care leavers from paying council tax.

Having previously encouraged local authorities to exempt care leavers using existing discretionary powers, the Welsh Government is looking at formalising discretionary relief on a statutory basis.

Care leavers are a vulnerable group, for whom the transition to adulthood can be especially challenging.

“Introducing a pan-Wales council tax exemption for care leavers,” the consultation document says, “would be a significant milestone in supporting care leavers to transition successfully into adulthood and independent living.”

The proposed exemptions would begin in the 2019-2020 financial year, for care leavers between 18 and 24, with council tax due on their 25th birthday.

The consultation runs until the 19th December 2018.

You can respond to the consultation through the Welsh Government’s website, here.

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