Dear Hartlepool Council,

Can you please provide me with the following information regarding
Special guardianship financial support and assessment.

1) Does the council follow the DfE method
of assessing Special guardianship allowance. If not please provide
information as to the method used.

2) What is the maximum payment for a child.

a) Pre school age
b) Primary school age
c) Secondary school age
d) Over 16

3) Is the maximum payment based on recommended core foster care
rates. If not what is the maximum payment based on.

4) Does special guardianship rise each year in line with the
increase in core fostering rates.

5) Is the financial assessment where children were previously LAC
different to the financial assessment for children who were not
LAC.

6) What deductions, if any, are made from Special guardianship
allowance, ie, Child benefit, Child tax credit.

7) If a carer is in receipt of Income support are any deductions
made from Special Guardianship allowance, ie, Child Benefit, Child
tax credit

8) Are Special guardianship allowances time limited. If so how long for.

9) How many special guardians in the authority are currently being financially supported

10) How many Child arrangement orders are currently being financially supported

11) How many friends and family, (connected persons) foster carers are in the authority.

Yours faithfully,

Cassie Felton

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FOI Responses, Hartlepool Council

Dear Cassie, further to your request for information, I can advise as
below:-

 

Question Response
1) Does the council follow the DfE Yes
method

of assessing Special guardianship
allowance. If not please provide

information as to the method used.
2) What is the maximum payment for a AGE HBC Rate £
child. 0-4 150.12
5-10 171
a) Pre school age 11-15 212.87
16+ 258.97
b) Primary school age

c) Secondary school age

d) Over 16
3) Is the maximum payment based on Yes, it is in excess of the
recommended core foster care government’s recommended rate and
based on HBC foster care rates.
rates. If not what is the maximum
payment based on.
4) Does special guardianship rise No
each year in line with the

increase in core fostering rates.
5) Is the financial assessment where No
children were previously LAC

different to the financial assessment
for children who were not

LAC.
6) What deductions, if any, are made Child related benefits to which
from Special guardianship foster carers are not entitled.

allowance, ie, Child benefit, Child
tax credit.
7) If a carer is in receipt of Income Yes, as above
support are any deductions

made from Special Guardianship
allowance, ie, Child Benefit, Child

tax credit
8) Are Special guardianship Financial support is not time
allowances time limited. If so how limited but is subject to review. It
long for. is paid either periodically (if it
is provided to meet a need which is
likely to give rise to recurring

expenditure) or in any other case by
a single payment or, if the local
authority and the special guardian
or

prospective special guardian agree,
by instalments.
9) How many special guardians in the 63
authority are currently being
financially supported
10) How many Child arrangement orders 32
are currently being financially
supported 43

11) How many friends and family,
(connected persons) foster carers are
in the authority.

 

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5AF, [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Kind regards

Laura

 

 

Laura Stones | Legal and Data Protection Officer

Hartlepool Borough Council

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Dear FOI Responses,

Could you please read through the reply you sent as it appears to be very garbled.

Yours sincerely,

Cassie Felton

FOI Responses, Hartlepool Council

Dear Cassie, further to your request for information, I can advise as below:-

1) Does the council follow the DfE method of assessing Special guardianship allowance. If not please provide information as to the method used.
YES

2) What is the maximum payment for a child.

a) Pre school age
b) Primary school age
c) Secondary school age
d) Over 16

AGE HBC Rate £
0-4 150.12
5-10 171
11-15 212.87
16+ 258.97

3) Is the maximum payment based on recommended core foster care rates. If not what is the maximum payment based on.

Yes, it is in excess of the government’s recommended rate and based on HBC foster care rates.

4) Does special guardianship rise each year in line with the increase in core fostering rates.

No

5) Is the financial assessment where children were previously LAC different to the financial assessment for children who were not LAC.

No

6) What deductions, if any, are made from Special guardianship allowance, ie, Child benefit, Child tax credit.

Child related benefits to which foster carers are not entitled.

7) If a carer is in receipt of Income support are any deductions made from Special Guardianship allowance, ie, Child Benefit, Child tax credit

Yes, as above

8) Are Special guardianship allowances time limited. If so how long for.

Financial support is not time limited but is subject to review. It is paid either periodically (if it is provided to meet a need which is likely to give rise to recurring expenditure) or in any other case by a single payment or, if the local authority and the special guardian or prospective special guardian agree, by instalments.

9) How many special guardians in the authority are currently being financially supported

63

10) How many Child arrangement orders are currently being financially supported

32

11) How many friends and family, (connected persons) foster carers are in the authority.

43

We hope that this information deals with your request, however if you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted to [1][email address] within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original request.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, [2]www.ico.org.uk

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Hartlepool Borough Council
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