Discrepancy in respect of the information you supplied in respect of your Councikl's Foster Alliowances

Avril Williams made this Freedom of Information request to Ceredigion Council

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Dear Ceredigion Council,

Please can you explain the discrepancy between the figures you have given in respect of the Foster Child Mainteance Allowances currently being paid by your Council?

In your response, (30th October,2014), to my question about the Foster Parent FEES paid by your Council, you included figures for your County's current Foster Child Maintenance Allowances .The figures given were =

0-4 £125.09

5-10 £142.49

11-15 £177.38

16-18 £215.74

These are also the rates that your Council was paying during the financial year 2010-2011.

In your response, (4th August, 2014), to Robert Cann's question about the Fostering Allowances being paid in respect a) 0-4 year olds, and b), 11-15 year olds you supplied figures of £153, and £142.49, respectively.

Please can you explain these discrepancies?

Yours faithfully,

Avril Williams

Ceredigion Reception, Ceredigion Council

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Dear Ms Williams,

I refer to your recent enquiry dated 3rd November in regards to discrepancy in the FOI request that we responded to dated 30th October 2014.

According to our records the information provided was as detailed below which 0-4 age group is £153.00. The reason the rates other than 0-4 have remained the same is that Ceredigion were paying higher rates than the National Minimum Maintenance Allowance for Foster Carer rates provided as per the Welsh Assembly Government Circular 005/2011.

The most recent Welsh Government Circular 005/2011 states that for the 2015/16 Financial Year, the Maintenance Allowance for 0-4 will increase to £159.00 and the 5-15 to £145.00, 16+ £182.00, therefore next year the 0-4 and 5-10 will increase to those figures.

Age 0-4 5-10 11-15 16-18
Foster Carers Allowance 153.00 142.49 177.38 215.74
Age Related Allowance 10.00 20.00 30.00 40.00
Core Training Allowance 45.00 45.00 45.00 45.00
NVQ Level 3/ (QCF) 50.00 50.00 50.00 50.00

*Continuous Service Allowance
After 5 Years 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00
After 10 Years 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00
After 15 years 20.00 20.00 20.00 20.00
After 20 years 25.00 25.00 25.00 25.00

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