Our Space – Information for Cared For and Care Experienced young people
We will try to help you financially, including:
Access to a £2,000 Setting Up Home allowance to pay for essential items and furnishings when moving into your own home.
The Council will provide up to 100% discount of the Council Tax to Sefton care experienced people aged 18 or over and up to the date of their 25th birthday, who live in Sefton and who were, previously, cared for by the local authority. The Discount will be applied after any other discounts such as Sole Occupier Discount and Council Tax Reduction. Where there is shared liability for the Council Tax due, the discount may only be paid to cover the share that the care leaver would be liable for depending on the individual circumstances.
If you are a Sefton Care experienced person living outside of Sefton your council tax liability will be paid on a quarterly basis until your 25th birthday. Your PA will support you with this.
Providing rent ‘top up’ to those completing a LA Apprenticeship.
Providing information about money management support and advice.
Information on how to access your Junior ISA or Child Trust Fund.
Support to open a bank account.
Support to gain important identification documents, such as a passport and/or provisional driving licence, before your 18th birthday.
Support to get your National Insurance number.
Exceptional financial support in emergencies.
Providing a financial gift at birthdays and Christmas or other celebrations.
We will pay for your first TV licence.
If not available in your first home we will provide two smoke detectors and one carbon monoxide detector and additional health and safety items such as secure door locks, fire blanket and first aid kit where appropriate. Total Amount is not transferable and will not exceed £200