Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Cabinet is asked to agree providing Council Tax Relief for the Surrey County Council element of Council Tax for all of Surrey County Council’s Care Leavers who live in ‘independent’ or ‘semi-independent’ accommodation, living inside or outside of the local authority area.
1. That Council Tax Relief be provided, for the Surrey County Council proportion of Council Tax, for Care Leavers (living in and out of the county) in independent and semi-independent living arrangements from 1 April 2020 from the ages of 18-25 years old (up to their 25th birthday) was agreed in principle.
2. That for Care Leavers from the ages of 18-25 years old (up to their 25th birthday), living in independent and semi-independent living arrangements outside of Surrey County Council local authority area; that 75% of their Council Tax is paid for Surrey County Council was agreed.
3. That Cabinet review this each political cycle (i.e. every 4 years), including understanding the impact this has made for Care Leavers, with the first review taking place in 2021 following the County Council elections was agreed.
Reason for Decision:
Through its Corporate Parenting responsibilities Surrey County Council (and its partners) has a duty to do the very best for Children in Care and Care Leavers, and provide the necessary care and support so they can achieve their potential. Supporting with the cost of living through Council Tax Relief will help Care Leavers to manage their transition to adulthood and help make their own home affordable, providing stability and a safe place.
[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Children, Families, Lifelong Learning & Culture Select Committee]
Report author: Andrew Evans
Publication date: 17/07/2019
Date of decision: 16/07/2019
Decided at meeting: 16/07/2019 - Cabinet
Effective from: 25/07/2019