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Dear Bridgend County Borough Council,

1) Please could you detail your 2017-18 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.

2) Please could you tell me your 2017-18 weekly allowances to former foster carers looking after young people in Continuing Care / When I am Ready arrangements, broken down by year 1, year 2, and year 3+ if necessary.

3) Please detail your 2017-18 fee/reward structure for former foster carers looking after young people in Continuing Care / When I am Ready 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.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Cann

foi, Bridgend County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST X01-7074

 

We acknowledge your request for information received on 13 December 2017.

 

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Churchill Way

Cardiff

CF10 2HH

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Email: [email address]

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Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Y Swyddfa Rhyddid Gwybodaeth | Freedom of Information Office

Gwasanaethau Gweithredol a Phartneriaethol  |  Operational and Partnership
Services

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Pen-Y-Bont ar Ogwr | Bridgend County Borough
Council

Ffon / Phone: (01656) 643473

Ffacs / Fax: (01656) 657899

 

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foi, Bridgend County Borough Council

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Dear Mr Cann,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST X01- 7074

 

We refer to your email dated 13 December 2017 which contained a request
for information as set out in italics below.  Following consideration of
your request, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I
respond to each point as follows:

 

1) Please could you detail your 2017-18 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.

 

Please see attached document.

 

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

 

Level 1 61
Level 2 13
Level 3 140

 

 

2) Please could you tell me your 2017-18 weekly allowances to former
foster carers looking after young people in Continuing Care / When I am
Ready arrangements, broken down by year 1, year 2, and year 3+ if
necessary.

 

The weekly allowance, since the introduction of When I am Ready
arrangements in April 2016, is a flat rate of £185 minus Housing Benefit
and the young person’s contribution.

 

3) Please detail your 2017-18 fee/reward structure for former foster
carers looking after young people in Continuing Care / When I am Ready
arrangements. Please include:

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

 

Please see response to q2 above.

 

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

 

Supported Lodgings 9
When I'm Ready 6

*please note that these are not banded

 

I hope this response satisfies your request. If you are dissatisfied with
the handling of the request, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you
have the right to request a review of the Council’s response to your
request for information.  If you wish to request a review, please write
to:

 

Mr P A Jolley

Corporate Director, Operational and

Partnership Services and Monitoring Officer

Bridgend County Borough Council

Civic Offices,

Angel Street

Bridgend, CF31 4WB

 

within 28 days of the date of this letter.  If you remain dissatisfied
with the outcome of that review, you may seek further recourse by lodging
an appeal with the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office – Wales

2^nd Floor

Churchill House

Churchill Way

Cardiff

CF10 2HH

Tel:  02920 678400

Fax:  02920 678399

E:mail : [1][email address]

Website:  [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

--

Freedom of Information Office

Bridgend County Borough Council

Level 2, Civic Offices

Angel Street

Bridgend

CF31 4WB

Tel: 01656 643565

Email: [Bridgend County Borough Council request email]

 

 

 

 

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