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Bury Labour’s Plans to Support Care Leavers

Councillor Eamonn O'Brien is the Cabinet Member for Housing and Finance

Bury Labour had directed Bury Council to draw up plans to give full council tax exemption for Care Leavers.

The Council and it's partners in education, health and the police are ‘corporate parents’ to those children and young people in care, and have a duty to look after those who leave the care system until the age of 25. Bury Labour is encouraging the Council to use their powers to exempt care leavers from council tax to help reduce the financial burden.

Labour Councillor Eamonn O’Brien, who is the Cabinet Member for Finance and Housing, as well as Chair of Bury's Corporate Parenting Board, said:“For many Care Leavers their lives have already involved a lot of difficulty and uncertainty before they come to taking their first steps into an independent life.

“What we want to do is make sure they know that, while they may have left the Care system, there are still plenty of things we can do to help make their lives easier.”

Councillor Rishi Shori, Labour Leader of Bury Council, said: “This may not affect a large number of people in the Borough, but by putting money back into the pockets of some of our most vulnerable residents, we hope to make a real difference to the next stage of their lives. This is about helping young people leaving care start their independent lives on the right financial foot.”

We want to make sure they know that, while they may have left the Care system, there are still plenty of things we can do to help make their lives easier.

Councillor Eamonn O'Brien