- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
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This week the Welsh Labour Government laid the necessary legislation before the Assembly, to exempt care leavers from paying council tax. The changes will come into force from 1 April 2019.
A local Assembly Member Mike Hedges AM, supported the plan to exempt care leavers under 25 from paying council tax.
The Welsh Labour Government had previously consulted the public on the plans, with over 90% of respondents expressing their support for the proposals.
The principle of exempting care leavers from paying council tax has been widely accepted for some time, but the level of support available to care leavers across Wales has been inconsistent.
The new legislation is the latest in a series of measures designed to make council tax fairer in Wales – a key Welsh Labour commitment.
Mike Hedges AM said… “Welsh Labour are committed to making Council Tax fairer and this legislation is about making that happen. I was proud to back these plans”
“This is about supporting care leavers and supporting their successful transition into adulthood and independent living.”
“There are many other discounts, reductions and exemptions available and I would encourage everyone to check the Welsh Government website to see if they could be paying less council tax.”