The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday 30 July, and will mean that council tax will be paid by us for all eligible care leavers who live outside of Derbyshire.
All of Derbyshire’s district and borough councils already give a 100% council tax discount to care leavers living within the county, up to the age of 25.
Now we will pay the council tax for care leavers who live outside Derbyshire.
Our Cabinet Member for Young People, Councillor Alex Dale, said:
“Looking after those young people who are in our care is one of the most important jobs that we do.
“We know that there are unique challenges for those young people as they become adults, and some of them are financial.
“By giving care leavers a helping hand with their council tax we can help them to make a successful move from our care to their adult lives.
“We are extremely grateful to all the district and borough councils in the county for agreeing to give a council tax exemption to those who live in their areas. Now this new scheme will mean that if our care leavers don’t live in Derbyshire they will still benefit from having their council tax paid.”
Derbyshire currently has around 750 care leavers aged 18 to 25. This initiative could cost up to £22,000 a year.