Foster care allowances 2023/24

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The Fostering Network

Dear West Berkshire Council,

We are seeking to understand the way in which your foster carers are being paid in your service. The department which would know this information would be within social services in your fostering team.

The information we require is:

For your mainstream foster carer population (general/unconnected carers) the basic weekly allowances paid for 2023/24 per age bracket for all age bands. NOT including any fee/reward element for foster carers.

Please detail any other allowances paid for children living in mainstream foster care in addition to their weekly allowance, for example religious festival, holiday, birthday, other. Please detail the amount paid and the frequency foster carers can receive these.

Please detail any additional allowances or fees paid to for children with additional support needs or disabilities.

Your current fee/reward structure for mainstream foster carers (NB this is different to allowances for the child). Please include:

i) Details of the levels/bands for carers and how much you pay per week at each level/band.

ii) The number of mainstream foster carers on each level/band, including those that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance.

For your kinship foster carer population (connected carers) the basic weekly allowances paid for 2023/24 per age bracket for all age bands. NOT including any fee/reward element for foster carers.

Please detail any other allowances paid for children living in kinship foster care in addition to their weekly allowance, for example religious festival, holiday, birthday, other. Please detail the amount paid and the frequency foster carers can receive these.

Your current fee/reward structure for kinship foster carers (NB this is different to allowances for the child). Please include:

i) Details of the levels/bands for carers and how much you pay per week at each level/band.

ii) The number of kinship foster carers on each level/band, including those that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance.

Your 2023-24 weekly allowances for former foster carers looking after young people in 18+ Staying Put arrangements, broken down by year 1, year 2, and year 3 if necessary.

Your 2023-24 weekly fee payments for 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,
Sammy Matthews
The Fostering Network

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FoI/2023/364-Matthews

 

Dear Sir or Madam,

 

Request for information: Foster care allowances

 

Thank you for your request received 12 April 2023; we would normally seek
to respond within twenty working days, please get in contact if you have
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Yours sincerely,

 

FOI TEAM
Legal and Democratic, West Berkshire Council Market Street Newbury RG14
5LD
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Dear Mr/Ms Matthews,
Following your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please
find our responses below:

For your mainstream foster carer population (general/unconnected carers)
the basic weekly allowances paid for 2023/24 per age bracket for all age
bands. NOT including any fee/reward element for foster carers.

Weekly
Maintenance
From To Rate
0 4 156.86
5 10 178.69
11 15 222.45
16 18 270.55

 

Please detail any other allowances paid for children living in mainstream
foster care in addition to their weekly allowance, for example religious
festival, holiday, birthday, other. Please detail the amount paid and the
frequency foster carers can receive these.

These are included in the allowance. It is up to the carer how much is
spent.

 

Please detail any additional allowances or fees paid to for children with
additional support needs or disabilities.
Additional Fees

Additional
Fee
From To Element
0 4 78.44
5 10 89.34
11 15 166.84
16 18 135.28

 

Additional support needs

Weekly Additional
Maintenance Fee
From To Rate Element
0 11 235.70 179.14
11 15 293.42 223.00
16 18 357.54 270.00

 

Your current fee/reward structure for mainstream foster carers (NB this is
different to allowances for the child). Please include:

i) Details of the levels/bands for carers and how much you pay per week at
each level/band.

ii) The number of mainstream foster carers on each level/band, including
those that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance.

We don’t have a band/level system. Everyone is paid as above.

 

Please detail any other allowances paid for children living in kinship
foster care in addition to their weekly allowance, for example religious
festival, holiday, birthday, other. Please detail the amount paid and the
frequency foster carers can receive these.

Your current fee/reward structure for kinship foster carers (NB this is
different to allowances for the child). Please include:

i) Details of the levels/bands for carers and how much you pay per week at
each level/band.

ii) The number of kinship foster carers on each level/band, including
those that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance.
We pay the kinship carers exactly the same as our foster carers, as above.

 

Your 2023-24 weekly allowances for former foster carers looking after
young people in 18+ Staying Put arrangements, broken down by year 1, year
2, and year 3 if necessary.

Your 2023-24 weekly fee payments for 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 isn’t split between allowance & additional fee element.

 

  
18-19 257.37
19-20 205.62
20-21 153.87

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Zarah Qureshi

FOI TEAM
Legal and Democratic, West Berkshire Council Market Street Newbury RG14
5LD
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From: The Fostering Network <[FOI #970942 email]>
Sent: 12 April 2023 10:47
To: foi <[West Berkshire Council request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Foster care allowances 2023/24
 
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Dear West Berkshire Council,

We are seeking to understand the way in which your foster carers are being
paid in your service. The department which would know this information
would be within social services in your fostering team.

The information we require is:

For your mainstream foster carer population (general/unconnected carers)
the basic weekly allowances paid for 2023/24 per age bracket for all age
bands. NOT including any fee/reward element for foster carers.

Please detail any other allowances paid for children living in mainstream
foster care in addition to their weekly allowance, for example religious
festival, holiday, birthday, other. Please detail the amount paid and the
frequency foster carers can receive these.

Please detail any additional allowances or fees paid to for children with
additional support needs or disabilities.

Your current fee/reward structure for mainstream foster carers (NB this is
different to allowances for the child). Please include:

i) Details of the levels/bands for carers and how much you pay per week at
each level/band.

ii) The number of mainstream foster carers on each level/band, including
those that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance.

For your kinship foster carer population (connected carers) the basic
weekly allowances paid for 2023/24 per age bracket for all age bands. NOT
including any fee/reward element for foster carers.

Please detail any other allowances paid for children living in kinship
foster care in addition to their weekly allowance, for example religious
festival, holiday, birthday, other. Please detail the amount paid and the
frequency foster carers can receive these.

Your current fee/reward structure for kinship foster carers (NB this is
different to allowances for the child). Please include:

i) Details of the levels/bands for carers and how much you pay per week at
each level/band.

ii) The number of kinship foster carers on each level/band, including
those that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance.

Your 2023-24 weekly allowances for former foster carers looking after
young people in 18+ Staying Put arrangements, broken down by year 1, year
2, and year 3 if necessary.

Your 2023-24 weekly fee payments for 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,
Sammy Matthews
The Fostering Network

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