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Coram Voice comments on Lewisham Council's decision to exempt care leavers from paying council tax

Posted date: 
13 Dec 17

Lewisham Council has become the latest local authority to agree a 100% discount on council tax for care leavers under the age of 25.

Commenting on the decision in East London Lines, Linda Briheim-Crookall, Head of Policy and Practice Development at Coram Voice said: "We know from our research that care leavers often struggle to manage their money. Many have to manage bills and rent on a low income at an age when most of their peers still live at home."

"We really welcome Lewisham’s step and hope all councils will do the same.”

Read Linda's full comment here.

Read our recent care leavers literature review to find out more about young care leavers' concerns about money and bills.

If you're leaving care and want to know more about your rights and get support, contact our Always Heard advocacy service here.