To recognise their achievements and say a big thank you, we are exempting foster carers from paying council tax.
Foster carers living in Camden and fostering for Camden will now pay zero council tax.
We believe we are the first council to introduce this exemption and we will use the money raised from the extra council tax that we charge to the owners of empty homes to pay for it.
Why we are doing thisWe hope that this will encourage more people to become foster carers.
Camden has 256 children in our foster care system and a shortage of carers means some children have to live in residential homes outside of the borough.
The Local Government Act 2003 allows councils to reduce or exempt council tax from groups of residents at their discretion. Foster carers do a valuable job in helping us achieve the objectives of our Camden plan to give everyone a chance to succeed and make sure that nobody is left behind.
How it worksFoster parents will receive full relief from council tax every year starting 7 days after their fostering starts or from 1 April 2014, whichever is later. The reduction ends on 31 March following the date that the foster parent comes off the fostering register.
Find out more about fosteringTo talk to us about fostering or book a place at an information session call 0800 0281 436 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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