Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Cabinet considered a report of the Chief Finance Officer that sought approval to amend the criteria for the 100% council tax discount scheme that existed for care leavers who resided in the borough, and who were aged 18 to 25, with effect from 1st November 2021.
The Cabinet was informed that this report had been considered by the Corporate Overview and Scrtuiny Committee, at its meeting held on 14th September 2021, where the recommendations were supported.
The council tax discount scheme for care leavers could remain as it presently is. The outcome of this would be that Rochdale Borough care leavers would be treated differently to care leavers from other Greater Manchester authorities and they could potentially accrue debt at an earlier age at the outset of their independent lives which the Council is compelled to pursue, with the detrimental impacts this could cause.
That the Cabinet endorses the proposals contained in the report and recommends that the recommendations contained therein, be approved by the Council at its meeting on 13th October 2021.
Reasons for the decision:
On 1st March 2017, the Council introduced a 100% council tax discount scheme for care leavers who lived in the Borough and who were aged 18 to 20 years. On 12th December 2018, the Council extended the scheme to care leavers who lived in the Borough and who were aged 18 to 25 years. This reflected the Government change to extend the Council’s corporate parenting responsibility to 25 years.
A care leaver was defined as a person who has been in the care of the local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 and who was in care on their 16th birthday. All Greater Manchester authorities had agreed to provide a council tax discount scheme using this definition.
Because the definition excluded those care leavers who go into care after their 16th birthday, these care leavers weren’t eligible for the council tax discount and so the other Greater Manchester authorities had agreed to amend their council tax discount schemes using the following definition: ‘A person who has been in the care of the local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14, including some time after their 16th’.
Eligible for call-in: No.
Report author: carolyn goddard
Publication date: 06/10/2021
Date of decision: 21/09/2021
Decided at meeting: 21/09/2021 - Cabinet