Liverpool foster carers excused from council tax

Liverpool City Council has announced new regulations which mean foster carers working directly under the authority will be exempt from paying council tax.

The move means around 290 foster carers will see a minimum annual saving of £1,100. The council hopes that the scheme will encourage more people to become foster carers, and will require an estimated £372,000 to fund in 2016-17.

The councils also claims the new rules will generate £500,000 worth of savings if it leads to the recruitment of 10 additional foster carers to replace high-cost residential homes and agencies. It also maintains it now has at least 150 more looked-after children than it had five years ago, bringing its total to about 1,000.

Joe Anderson, the mayor of Liverpool, said: “This is our way of saying thank you to our foster carers and recognising the amazing work that they do to protect and support some of the city's most vulnerable young people.

“We really need more foster carers to come forward and work for us, and I believe this scheme will encourage families who want to foster but are worried about the costs that come with looking after a young person.”