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Foster carers to be exempt from council tax

27 February 2015
Vikki Mills Southwark Labour is delivering on its manifesto commitment to exempt foster carers from council tax.
In a bold new step to recruit and retain foster carers and recognise the huge commitment they make to some of the borough’s most vulnerable children, Southwark's Labour council is making foster carers exempt from council tax from April 2015.

The initiative was launched at a full council meeting this week where the Labour council passed a balanced budget, despite Government cuts this year of £155 for every household in the borough.
Southwark is one of the first councils in London to offer a council tax exemption to foster carers, fulfilling a key commitment from Southwark Labour's 2014 manifesto. This new initiative is aimed at incentivising the recruitment of new foster carers in Southwark, as well as offering financial support for households already fostering Southwark children across the borough. It is also hoped that the exemption will help the council to recruit more local foster carers, as evidence suggests that stable placements near to home can present the best outcomes for children.

Cllr Victoria Mills, cabinet member for children and schools said:

“We know foster carers play a vital role in looking after children and young people in Southwark and this initiative is a way of recognising the huge commitment they make to some of our most vulnerable children. With the council faces another year of significant budget cuts, this spending commitment shows how serious we are about giving all our children the very best start in life.
“We know one of the barriers for potential foster carers is the expense of raising a child in London so we want to do all we can relieve financial pressure and encourage more Southwark residents to think about whether they could become a foster carer.”


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