Bromley Liberal Democrats are calling on Bromley Council to exempt young Care Leavers from council tax, bringing Bromley in line with all neighbouring councils and giving much-needed help to those leaving care. In 2019, there were over 340 looked-after children in Bromley and 70 aged eighteen or older left care in 2020.
Care leavers do not have to pay council tax until they’re 25 if they live in any of the council areas bordering Bromley. Isn't it time Bromley offered the same help?
As HM Government's Care Leaver strategy states: "[Care leavers] leave home at a younger age and have more abrupt transitions to adulthood than their peers. Unlike their peers who normally remain in the family home, care leavers will often be living independently at age 18".
In 2016, Ofsted found the council's services for those in care was "inadequate". Improvements have been made since, with services graded as "good" in 2019, but many of today's Care Leavers experienced those "inadequate" times and are not being given the support available elsewhere. This is unfair. Will you join our campaign for change?