New recommended allowances rates for foster carers
Following the pre-budget report this week, the Fostering Network has now set its recommended minimum allowances for foster carers for 2009/10. There has been a 2.8 per cent increase on last year’s rates.
Each year the Fostering Network sets a new recommended minimum rate to cover the costs of looking after a fostered child. It covers pocket money, clothing, school uniforms and equipment, as well as an amount towards holidays, birthdays and religious festivals. Local authorities in England are required to pay allowances in line with minimum rates set by the Government. These are lower than the Fostering Network rates and do not cover extra additional transport or housing costs. There is no statutory requirement on local authorities in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland to pay a minimum rate.
The 2.8 per cent increase is for all age groups and takes into account the higher than anticipated rise in cost of living this year and the forecast increase for next year.
The Fostering Network considers that the new figures shown here are the lowest that foster carers should receive to cover the costs of looking after a fostered child.
Allowances are separate from fees, which are paid to some foster carers for their time and skills.
If you require more information please contact Madeleine Tearse, campaigns manager at the Fostering Network, on 020 7620 6434 or at email@example.com