Consultation on Discretionary Council Tax Relief for Foster Carers

Start date: Monday 16th January 2023
Closing date: Monday13th February 2023

What are we consulting on?

Liverpool City Council is facing unprecedented budget pressures which means that it has to find savings of £73M in 2023/2024 and further savings in the two following years.

The council has recently proposed a range of savings options which it believes will help with this budget gap. One of the savings options relates to the 100% council tax discretionary relief currently provided for foster carers registered with the council.

The council is looking to achieve savings of £480,000 from this scheme.                

What are we consulting on?

We are consulting on a proposal to stop providing the 100% council tax discretionary relief for foster carers registered with Liverpool City Council.

What are the proposed changes?

Currently, foster carers registered with Liverpool City Council and residing in Liverpool receive a 100% discount on their council tax bill. Foster carers registered with Liverpool City Council but residing in other local authority areas receive a payment equivalent to 100% of their annual council tax bill in that area.

This discretionary support for foster carers was introduced as an incentive as part of a wider carer recruitment and retention strategy. This discretionary support costs about £480,000 per year. The council is proposing it removes the 100% council tax discretionary relief for foster carers. Currently:

  • Over 1,500 children in Liverpool are looked after with the council in the role of Corporate Parent
  • 593 of these children live with the council’s own foster carers
  • 217 foster carers receive 100% discretionary council tax relief

In 2021/2022 there was a net reduction of four foster carers in Liverpool.

When would the change take place?

1st April 2023.

How to comment

We would like to hear your view on this by completing a short online survey.

Complete the online survey

What happens to my views?

Your comments may be included in the consultation report given to the political Cabinet and full council meeting and published on this website.

All comments will be kept solely for the purposes of this consultation and will be destroyed 12 months after it closes.

What happens next?

Following consultation, a report will be sent to the Budget Council to make a final decision in March 2023.