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West Norfolk Council to examine plan for care leaver support extension

Council leaders in West Norfolk are set to examine proposals to extend the support given to care leavers.

A motion presented to a special borough council meeting on Thursday called for the authority to prioritise care leavers for housing, as well as extending council tax discounts and care and repair support until they are 25.

Independent councillor Sandra Squire, who tabled the motion, said care leavers were “particularly vulnerable” and at greater risk of losing tenancies.

King's Court, Borough Council of West Norfolk.. (43755272)
King's Court, Borough Council of West Norfolk.. (43755272)

But council leader Brian Long asked for the matter to be referred to the authority’s ruling cabinet, which was approved.

He said he was supportive of the idea, but argued the authority needed to consider the financial implications of the move.

Meanwhile, a separate motion urging minimum standards on housing was defeated by 28 votes to 23.

Proposer Alexandra Kemp said the authority could set “a better example” by adopting her plans.

But critics said the measure would reduce choice for property buyers.

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