Council leader is proud to see Bassetlaw flying the flag for England during the World Cup

Coun Simon Greaves
Coun Simon Greaves

The World Cup has started and for the first time in 12 years, England have won their opening game in a major tournament.

Every time England play, there is always a story about how a council somewhere has banned St George flags from buildings or taxis.

I’m pleased to say that in the Old Market Square the flag of St George is proudly flying and that we have no problem with local taxis showing their support, so long as flags are safe and not a distraction.

I hope that by the time of my next column, England are still in the competition.

Away from sport, one of the reports taken to this month’s cabinet meeting focused on young people leaving care, and how we could help reduce the burden on them through discounting council tax.

Looked after children and care leavers are among the most vulnerable groups in society and unlike many of their peers who normally remain in the family home, care leavers will often be living independently at the age of 18.

A report by the Children’s Society suggests that care leavers are a particularly vulnerable group for council tax debt.

It found that when care leavers move into independent accommodation and they begin to manage their own budget fully for the first time, it can be really challenging for them, particularly if they are falling behind on their council tax.

Furthermore, across the country care leavers have consistently reported they were insufficiently prepared for the realities of living independently, particularly in relation to budgeting.

In Bassetlaw we have discounted council tax for care leavers to zero, and crucially this will remain in place until they are 25.

This means that they won’t pay anything.

It’s the right thing to do and I am proud that we have been able to introduce this.

I really hope that this measure helps those young people that need it in their transition to independent living and adulthood.