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Cheshire East consider waiving council tax for foster carers
8:00pm Sunday 23rd February 2014 in News
COUNCIL tax may be waived for foster carers within Cheshire East if a new initiative is given the green light.
The proposal is part of a concerted move to help incentivise the recruitment of new foster carers and offer practical support for the 150 households already providing foster care across the borough.
Cheshire East Council’s children’s services team is looking to recruit an additional 25 households over the next year.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for children and families, said: “Providing a foster home for a child or young person is a wonderfully fulfilling thing to do.
“Foster carers make a massive contribution to society and we are keen to provide all the support and incentives we can to ensure that we have enough to cater for the children who need them.
“We have been listening to foster carers to see what else we can do to support them in their vital work. The idea if a council tax exemption is being looked at by a number of other councils and is just one of the common sense ways to offer practical support that we’re currently exploring.”
The idea of a council tax exemption builds on a number of successful initiatives the council has undertaken in recent years, including a ‘capacity scheme’ which enables carers to apply for grants and loans to adapt or extend their properties if they wish to foster more children.
Visit cheshireeast.go.uk for more information on becoming a foster carer.