Foster care allowances and payments

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Dear Aberdeenshire 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 16+/18+ Continuing Care 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 16+/18+ Continuing Care 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

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Dear Mr Robert Cann

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (“The Act”)

 

We refer to your request dated 20/07/2017 14:20, for the following
information FOI: Foster Care Allowances and Payments. 

 

We confirm that the Council holds the following information, which we
believe satisfies your request, and which is enclosed below.

 

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.

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Age Band |Allowance |
|-----------------------------------------+------------------------------|
|Fostering Network Rates - Age Group 0- 4 |£144.28 per week |
|-----------------------------------------+------------------------------|
|Fostering Network Rates - Age Group 5-10 |£164.35 per week |
|-----------------------------------------+------------------------------|
|Fostering Network Rates - Age Group 11-15|£204.60 per week |
|-----------------------------------------+------------------------------|
|Fostering Network Rates - Age Group 16-21|£248.90 per week |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

 

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.

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Skills Band |Allowance |
|----------------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|Fostering Skills Allowance - Level One |£8,570.99  per annum |
|----------------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|Fostering Skills Allowance - Level Two |£12,769.76 per annum |
|----------------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|Fostering Skills Allowance - Level Three|£16,968.54 per annum |
|----------------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|Fostering Skills Allowance - Level Four |£27,086.91 per annum |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

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

 

 

Under Section 16(4) of the Act, Aberdeenshire Council is not required to
comply with a request for information if the cost of complying with the
request would exceed an amount (meantime £600) prescribed in Regulations
made by the Scottish Ministers.

 

The cost of complying with your request for this information has been
estimated at £770. This is estimated on the basis of 77 hours work for an
admin worker manually going through 308 foster carer records in order to
find the information, at a rate of £10 per hour.

 

Consequently, the cost of complying with your request exceeds the
prescribed amount.

 

 

 

3) Please could you tell me your weekly allowances to former foster carers
looking after young people in 16+/18+ Continuing Care arrangements, broken
down by year 1, year 2, and year 3+ if necessary.

 

There has not yet been anyone looked after by the continuing care
arrangement.  However they would get paid the 16 to 21 age group fostering
rate.  The carers will also continue to receive their skills allowance
when the young person moves to continuing care.

4) Please detail your current fee/reward structure for former foster
carers looking after young people in 16+/18+ Continuing Care arrangements.
Please include:
i) Details of the levels/bands and how much you pay per week at each
level/band.

 

This would be the age related fostering allowance plus the skills
allowance as above.  If the young person is over 18 and not in full time
education they would be expected to pay a contribution towards this.  For
details of this contribution please see the attached continuing care
agreement.

 

There are currently no continuing care placements so no payments have been
made.

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

 

There are currently no continuing care placements but one carer is
registered for being able to provide continuing care.

 

 

 

Please contact me as the officer responsible for responding to your
request if you have any further queries.

 

If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with this response, please refer
to the further information attached.

 

 

Yours faithfully

 

 

 

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

Health & Social Care

 

 

 

Further Information:

Aberdeenshire Council’s Review Procedure under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland)
Regulations 2004 can be accessed at the following link:

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