North Yorkshire increases foster carer allowances
12:02am 15th March 2012
People who act as foster carers for children and young people in North Yorkshire are to receive increased allowances, to help cover the rising cost of living.
Fostering North Yorkshire has agreed a 2.3% rise in allowances, in line with the increase in the Consumer Price Index for 2011. Depending on the ages of the children in care, the allowances will now range from £134.51 to £313.75 a week. In addition to the basic weekly payments, carers also receive clothing allowances when appropriate - for example, when a child starts school, or a young person gets a job which requires specialist clothing, or tools and equipment.
"North Yorkshire's wonderful foster carers provide a dedicated and vital service, and it is important to ensure that they are not left out of pocket as a result," said County Councillor Carl Les, Executive member for Fostering.
"These increases are the continuation of a broad strategy which recognises the value we place on foster carers and the importance of keeping children in North Yorkshire (ideally within 20 miles of their home where this is appropriate).
"They also support the council's recruitment and retention strategy for foster carers, ensure North Yorkshire remains strong competitively in the region, and ensure that cost pressures arising from inflation are contained."
He added: "It's important to remember that these allowances cover the costs of looking after a fostered child, and do not include any form of reward for their carers."
Increases have also been agreed for Family Placement Allowances, which enable some young people placed in foster care to remain with their former foster carers up to the age of 21.
"This allows fostered young people to enjoy continuity of support, to achieve economic well-being," added Councillor Les.
Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a foster carer should contact Fostering North Yorkshire on 0800 054 6989, or visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/fostering
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