Young people leaving care in Manchester to be exempt from Council Tax up to age 25

Manchester Council's Executive today agreed to give young people living in Manchester who have previously been in care a discount of 100% on their council tax until they turn 25.

Liberal Democrat Equalities Spokesperson April Preston, who herself grew up in a care home, welcomed the news saying:

"This is a great step forward to looking after young people leaving care and I very much welcome the decision, but this should just be the beginning.

"In our 'Manchester Together' manifesto we pledged to guarantee safe, affordable housing for the transition from foster care to adulthood and I would urge the council to consider this in our cross-party mission to protect society's most vulnerable."

The council's decision means that any young person living in Manchester who has been in care for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14, and who was in care on their 16th birthday will now be exempt from paying council tax until their 25th birthday. 

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