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Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Council Tax Reduction for Care Leavers

The Council has a responsibility to help young people leaving its care to make the change to living independently.   These care leavers will face the challenge of managing their own finances for the first time, including their housing costs, without the family support many young people rely on to help them manage, such as help completing a Council Tax Support application form or help with the cost of Council Tax.  Therefore, it is proposed to introduce a Council Tax Reduction specifically for young people aged up to 25 years who have recently left the care of the Council.
It is proposed that;

1. No one will have to pay more Council Tax just because a young care leaver lives in their household;
2. Where the only adults resident at a property that are liable to pay Council Tax are young care leavers, the household will not have to pay anything;
3. Where other people are also liable to pay the Council Tax a pro-rata discount will be awarded (e.g. if there are two people liable to pay and one is a care leaver a 50% discount will be given)
For the purpose of the Council Tax Reduction it is proposed that a person will be considered to be a “young care leaver” up until 31 March following their 25th birthday.  It is proposed a young care leaver will be defined as a person who was in care for at least thirteen weeks from the age of 14 and who was still in care (looked after) at the ages of age 16 or 17, has an annual income of less than £50,000 and has less than £100,000 in capital.
1. Do you agree the Council should help young care leaver by awarding a special Council Tax discount?
2. Do you agree that help should be provided up to the age of 25 years?
3. Do you agree that a 100% discount should be given where the only people in a household that have to pay Council Tax are care leavers?
4. Do you agree that no one should pay more Council Tax just because a care leaver lives in their household?
5. Do you agree that a care leaver with a high income or significant capital should not receive a discount?


How to have yoursay

Email: consultingbedford@bedford.gov.ukHave your Say
Post: Consulting Bedford, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
The consultation is open from 15 December 2017 to 8 January 2018. Comments received will be published

What Happens next?

The responses to the consulation will be considered by the Executive in January. 


Overall Council Tax Reduction Sheme

The Council Tax Reduction scheme sets out how the council offers help with meeting the cost of Council Tax. The Council is proposing to make no changes to it's Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2018/19. We are consulting on this proposal and welcome your views.


How to Find Out More & Have Your Say


You can view the draft scheme here. (hard copies are available at Libraries, the Customer Contact Centre and Borough Hall Reception)

Email: consultingbedford@bedford.gov.uk
Post: Consulting Bedford, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
The consultation is open from 28 November 2017 and closes on 29 December 2017. Comments received will be published.


What Happens Next?

The responses to the consulation will be considered by the Executive and then Full Council who will make the final decision about the Scheme.  Once the Scheme is agreed for 2018/19 the Council will automatically make awards of Council Tax Support when issuing annual Council Tax bills in March 2018.

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