This year sees major changes in the benefit and tax credit system. These include Universal Credit, taxing of child benefit for higher earners and the introduction of what has been nicknamed ‘the bedroom tax’. This special supplement spells out the key changes and the impact on fostering families.
What happens if a fostered child causes damage in your home? Can you afford the legal costs in the event of a court action arising from your fostering activity? This Signpost booklet offers helpful guidance on many aspects of insurance.
The is the full report of the Can't Afford to Foster campaign which undertook a survey of fee payments to foster carers in the UK. It recommends that foster carers are paid the equivalent of others in the children's workforce and that these payments be year round in order to keep carers fostering.
This Welsh Assembly Government circular gives more information about the national minimum allowances for foster carers in Wales which come into force on 1 April 2011 and sets the rates for the next three years.
Jointly published by The Fostering Network and the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), The Cost of Foster Care assesses the spending required in order to give children in public care the same opportunities to have a successful future as other children in our society.
The report can be viewed free of charge online. Alternatively you can purchase printed copies by contacting our publications department on 020 7620 6445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undertaken by Lisa Holmes and Jean Soper of the Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University and released in June 2010, this report aims to produce a supplement to The Cost of Foster Care, updating the estimates of the investment needed to provide a properly resourced foster care service throughout the United Kingdom.
The calculations of costs and investment needed have been revised to take account of new information and changes in monetary values.
This briefing describes what Supported Lodgings are and their history; it highlights the anomalies in tax and benefits policies which need to be addressed in order to ensure that Supported Lodgings are provided in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of young people in and leaving care.
Its purpose is to call on Government to create a financial climate which supports the provision of supported lodgings for care leavers and homeless young people by increasing the disregard of income to Supported Lodgings hosts/carers for the calculation of tax and welfare benefits.
According to the 2010 Government Spending Review, £81 billion of savings are to be found from public expenditure between 2011 and 2014-15. This is the Fostering Network's briefing on the spending review, highlighting the need to protect budgets for children in care.
This paper is one in a series of four under the Together for Change campaign and focuses on the need for foster carers to be paid.
Foster carers are the only members of the children’s workforce with responsibility for looking after a child who is not their own 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year with little or no respite.
Fostering has traditionally been viewed as an extension of parenting, undertaken by those with the time and space to look after someone else’s children on a largely voluntary basis.
Today, many households rely on two incomes, reducing the pool of those willing and able to look after children on an entirely voluntary basis. At the same time, the needs of many of the children who come into foster care have increased dramatically, requiring a more skilled approach from those who look after them.
There is a network of Citizen's Advice Bureaux across the UK which offer advice on issues such as benefits, employment and financial matters. The website includes information on financial matters, communications and family matters as well as a directory of the all the citizen advice bureaux.
TaxAid is a UK charity that offers tax advice to those on a low-income who cannot afford a professional advisor. The website contains a range of information on tax and those who qualify can also contact them for confidential advice.