Dear Dudley Council,

1) Please could you tell me your 2017-18 weekly foster care allowances for all age bands, NOT including any fee/reward element for foster carers.

2) Please detail your current fee/reward structure for 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 foster carers on each level/band, including those that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance.

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

4) Please detail your current fee/reward structure for former foster carers looking after young people in Staying Put arrangements. Please include:
i) Details of the levels/bands and how much you pay per week at each level/band.
ii) The number of former foster carers on each level/band, including those that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Cann

Dudley Triggers, Dudley Council

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Mr Robert Cann
WhatdoTheyknow.com
 
29/08/2017
 
Dear Mr Cann,
 
Freedom Of Information Act 2000 - Information Request 15624
 
Your request for information received on 18/07/2017 has now been
considered and the information requested is enclosed.
 
Your request and our response.
 
 

 1. Please could you tell me your 2017-18 weekly foster care allowances
for all age bands, NOT including any fee/reward element for foster
carers.

 
Mainstream Fees 0-4        93.80
                      5-10      106.96
                     11-15       133.14
                     16-18      161.84
Therapeutic Fostering   460.81
 
 
2) Please detail your current fee/reward structure for 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.

 
 

FRAMEWORK:  BASED ON MINIMUM STANDARD AVERAGE STANDARD MAXIMUM STANDARD
TENDERED COSTS FEE FEE FEE
TIER 1 – STANDARD £595.00 £694.20 £725.00
TIER 2 – STANDARD £605.00 £738.18 £775.00
TIER 3 – STANDARD £640.00 £775.69 £807.00
TIER 4 - STANDARD £690.00 £809.05 £850.00

 
 

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

 
As at 31.3.17 – 237 fostering households approximately.
 
3) Please could you tell me your weekly allowances to former foster carers
looking after young people in Staying Put 18+ arrangements, broken down by
year 1, year 2, and year 3+ if necessary.
 
Staying Put arrangement £200 per week.  IF young person is in receipt of
housing benefit this reduces to £140 per week.
 
4) Please detail your current fee/reward structure for former foster
carers looking after young people in Staying Put arrangements.
 
As above.  
 
Please include:
 
i) Details of the levels/bands and how much you pay per week at each
level/band.
 
There is no differentiation in the amount received by carers.  
 
ii) The number of former foster carers on each level/band, including those
that receive no fee on top of the child’s allowance.
 
Does not apply.
 
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Dudley MBC, The Council House, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HF, telephone
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Dear Information Governance,

Thank you for this response. The answers to questions 1 and 2 appear to be wrong. Please could you clarify with the relevant service? Question one is seeking info about allowances for the child, not fees for the foster carer (which has been provided), while your answer to Q2 seems unusually high for weekly fees.

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Cann

Dear Dudley Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Dudley Council's handling of my FOI request 'Foster care allowances and payments'.

I requested clarification on the original response on 1 September, but as yet have received no reply.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Yours faithfully,

Robert Cann

Malcolm Guy, Dudley Council

Dear Robert Cann,

I can confirm receipt of your email and must apologise for the delay in getting this information back to you.

I have now escalated your email below and will endeavour to get all the requested information to you as soon as possible.

Regards

M J Guy

(Information Governance Officer - Dudley MBC)

Information Governance, Dudley Council

Mr Robert Cann
Whatdotheyknow.com
 
19/10/2017
 
Dear Mr Cann,
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Information Request 15624
 
Your request for an internal review of your original request has now been
considered and all the outstanding information requested is enclosed
below.
 
Your request and our response.
 
Information requested.
 
Thank you for this response. The answers to questions 1 and 2 appear to be
wrong. Please could you clarify with the relevant service? Question one is
seeking info about allowances for the child, not fees for the foster carer
(which has been provided), while your answer to Q2 seems unusually high
for weekly fees.
 
 
Please find enclosed our response to your above follow up questions and
subsequent request for an internal review of your original request,
 
I must apologise for the delay in getting this information back to you.
 
 

 1. Please could you tell me your 2017-18 weekly foster care allowances
for all age bands, NOT including any fee/reward element for foster
carers.

 
Below is the Fostering Allowance paid to carers per child in placement:
 
0-4     £148.58
5-10    £169.33
11-15   £210.77
16-18   £256.41
 
 
2) Please detail your current fee/reward structure for 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.

 
Weekly fees as requested.
 
Level 2 fees
 
0 – 4            £93.80
5 – 10          £106 96
11 – 15  £133.14
16 – 18 £161.84
 
Level 3 fees     £460.81 per child
 
Connected persons – no fees
 
 
If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me.
 
If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a comment or complaint, or request a review of
the decision, you should write to the Freedom of Information Officer at
Dudley MBC, The Council House, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HF, telephone
0300 555 2345, e-mail [1][Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council request email]. 
 
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.
 
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by Dudley MBC.
 
The Information Commissioner may be contacted at:
 
Information Commissioner's Office
 
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow 
Cheshire 
SK9 5AF
Telephone:   01625 545 700
[2]www.ico.org.uk
 
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[3]www.dudley.gov.uk.
 
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permission.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
M J Guy
 
(Information Governance Officer – Dudley MBC)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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