The Fostering Network

Dear Northumberland County Council,

Please could you tell me your 2019-20 weekly foster care allowances for all age bands, NOT including any fee/reward element for foster carers?

Please could you tell me your 2019-20 weekly allowances to former foster carers looking after young people in 18+ Staying Put arrangements, broken down by year 1, year 2, and year 3+ if necessary?

Yours faithfully,
Daisy Elliott

Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 6544  

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Northumberland County Council

1 Atodiad

Our Ref: 6544   

Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to weekly
foster care allowance.

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Q.1 Please could you tell me your 2019-20 weekly foster care allowances
for all age bands, NOT including any fee/reward element for foster carers?
Allowances 2019-2020:

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| AGE RANGE | FOSTERING ALLOWANCE |
|----------------------+-------------------------------------------------|
|0 - 4 years |£132.02 per week          £18.86 per day |
|----------------------+-------------------------------------------------|
|5 - 10 years |£146.02 per week          £20.86 per day |
|----------------------+-------------------------------------------------|
|11 - 15 years |£180.04 per week          £25.72 per day |
|----------------------+-------------------------------------------------|
|16 - 18 years |£219.03 per week          £31.29 per day |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Q.2 Please could you tell me your 2019-20 weekly allowances to former
foster carers looking after young people in 18+ Staying Put arrangements,
broken down by year 1, year 2, and year 3+ if necessary?
Staying Put = £161.14
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FOI Coordinator -
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

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