Young people in Hounslow who have left care and those preparing to leave care can now find out what help and support they’re eligible for thanks to the launch of a new ‘Local Offer for care leavers.
Published: Tuesday, 9th April 2019
Hounslow Council has launched the online document to make it easier for young people to access the help they’re entitled to, including a range of support about finance, accommodation, safety, health, education, training and how to get their voices heard.
The Local Offer for care leavers aims to clearly set out in one document, what care leavers are entitled to, and what we expect from care leavers. It will help care leavers make the most out of services available to them and provide support with the transition to adulthood and independence. Care leavers can now access support until they are 25 years of age.
Care leavers aged 18-20 on a low income and who qualify for Council Tax Support (CTS) will receive up to 100 per cent reduction on their Council Tax bills. The leaving care team will pay Council Tax bills for care leavers on a high income who are not eligible for CTS.
Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said: “We want our young people to have everything that good parents want for their children: to be happy, safe, protected and supported.
“Most parents continue to support their children well into adulthood and as corporate parents we want the best for our young people so they can lead independent lives and make their way as adults in higher education, in good careers and jobs, and to be financially secure.”
The Local Offer for care leavers was written and designed in partnership with a group of Hounslow care leavers.
One care leaver, said: “I think the Local Offer for care leavers is really important because it ensures that care leavers are aware of their rights and entitlements, and where to go for support and advice. It’s really helpful to have one document that covers everything.”
For more information about the Local Offer for care leavers visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/careleaverslocaloffer or call 020 8583 4580