Croydon Conservatives have today announced that their first manifesto pledge for the 2018 local elections - cutting council tax for Croydon’s carers.
On announcing this policy, Cllr Tim Pollard, Leader of Croydon Conservative Councillors, said: “Croydon's incredible carers make considerable sacrifices to care for loved ones within their home. That’s why the Conservative manifesto for the 2018 election will contain a pledge to use council tax discounts to support many carers and which will exempt some carers from council tax entirely.
“This is the right thing to do to help these pillars of our community, without whom so many would have a much poorer quality of life.”
Helen Thompson, Manager of the Carers’ Support Centre in Croydon reacted to the news by saying: “The Carers Support Centre welcomes council tax reductions for Croydon’s carers suggested by Croydon Conservatives. Carers looking after friends and relatives with an illness or disability save Croydon’s statutory services an estimated £660 million annually in Croydon alone.
“Yet despite caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our community, many carers face financial hardship. According to Carers UK’s latest State of Caring report, almost 40% of carers are struggling to make ends meet. We therefore urge Croydon Council to consider council tax reductions alongside other measures to relieve the financial strain faced by Croydon’s hard-working carers.”
Cllr Yvette Hopley, Conservative Spokesman for Health and Social Care commented: “Being a carer can be incredibly difficult. We wanted to help, in a small way, to alleviate a pressure on those who give up so much to care for elderly relatives. I am proud that this is our first announced manifesto commitment, we will continue to do all we can do develop innovative ways to support all our residents.”
The pledge is inspired by similar schemes across the country who seek to reward the hard work of carers. Council’s like Bournemouth have successfully run discounts and exemptions for carers for a number of years.
Croydon Conservatives will launch this commitment at the Council meeting on Monday 30th October, and hope that Croydon’s ruling Labour administration will support their policy when it comes to voting.
This is the first of a number of manifesto policies that will be published over the coming months in the run up to the Croydon Council elections on 3rd May 2018. If Croydon Conservatives gain the majority of the 70 councillor seats at that election then these policies will be enacted.
For more information about this and to keep track of future manifesto announcements, visit www.croydonconservatives.com.