Dear Luton Borough Council,

I wish to make a Freedom of Information request. I am aware that if I do not receive a response within the statutory deadline I am entitled to report Luton Borough Council to the ICO for failing to respond to my request.

I am a Luton resident who is looking to become a foster carer. My request is as follows:

What is the weekly payment given to foster carers for caring for a child? Please include any age / disability related pay.

Please provide a breakdown of all types of allowances provided to foster carers i.e money for clothes, festivals etc..

Does the council provide the looked after children with “pocket money?” If so how much? If the answer is yes, how is this payment made? Directly to the looked after child or the foster carer?

Are foster carers paid depending on the age of the child?

Does the local authority pay foster carers for young people over the age of 18?

What is the minimum age someone can become a foster carer for the council?

Does an applicant have to be a homeowner?

Is their a salary requirement?

If someone wanted to become a foster carer for the council, how would they go about doing it?

I look foward to receiving your response within the deadline.

Yours faithfully,

Kuldip Hussain

LBC Feedback, Luton Borough Council

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Dear sir or madam,
 
Further to your request for information we confirm we do hold the
information requested. Please see our response below.
 
What is the weekly payment given to foster carers for caring for a child?
Please include any age / disability related pay.
Fostering Allowances:
 

     
Child Allowance Competency skills payment Weekly Total
Tier 1  -  £53 £210.00
0-11 years  -  £157 Tier 2  -  £68 £225.00
  Tier 3  -  £113 £270.00
Tier 1  -  £53 £290.00
12+ years  -  £237 Tier 2  -  £68 £305.00
  Tier 3  -  £113 £350.00

Please provide a breakdown of all types of allowances provided to foster
carers i.e money for clothes, festivals etc..
Initial Clothing Allowance
0-4  years       £180
5-7 years       £195 
8-12 years     £195 
13-18 years   £210            
Clothing Allowance
0-11 years - £25 per week
12 + years - £35 per week
 
School Uniform Allowance
0-3 years -  N/A             
4-7 years - £125             
8-12 years - £180             
13-18years - £250             
 
Transport
0-11 years - £19 per week
12+ years - £21 per week
Household & Food Activities
0-11 years - £94 per week
12+ years - £152 per week
Holidays
0-11 years - £400 annually
12+ - £800 annually
Festivals
0-11 years - £100 per annually
12+ years - £150 annually
Does the council provide the looked after children with “pocket money?” If
so how much? If the answer is yes, how is this payment made? Directly to
the looked after child or the foster carer?
Pocket money is provided to the child and is included in the child’s
allowance that is paid to the foster carer.  Pocket money is paid
dependant on age:

* 0 – 11 years £9 per week
* 12+ years £19 per week

Are foster carers paid depending on the age of the child?
Yes there are two payment structures:
Children age 0-11 years  - £157
Children age 12 + years - £237
Does the local authority pay foster carers for young people over the age
of 18?
Children over the age of 18 years placed with foster carers are placed
under a ‘staying put arrangement’.  Carers are paid an allowance for the
young person which is £156.  This consists of a fostering allowance and
housing benefit (or a proportionate amount of income & housing benefit if
the young person is working) plus the Tier level payment that the carer is
performing at:

* Tier level 1   - £53
* Tier Level 2  - £68
* Tier level 3  - £113

What is the minimum age someone can become a foster carer for the council?
The minimum age is over 21 years
Does an applicant have to be a homeowner?
It is not necessary for an applicant to be a home owner. However the would
need to evidence that they have a secure long term  tenancy agreement
Is their a salary requirement?
No however the applicant would need to evidence that they are financially
secure as the fostering allowance cannot be looked upon as an income as
the allowance is only paid whilst children are in placement
If someone wanted to become a foster carer for the council, how would they
go about doing it?
One can apply to the Marketing Recruitment & Assessment team via the
Internet link, by phone, post,  email, face-book and twitter.  Details of
these mediums are also provided on LBC fostering publication material. 
Walk in application via the council’s customer service centre is also
available
 
 
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Freedom of Information Act 2000.
 
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Telephone: 01625 545 700
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Yours sincerely,
 
Information Governance Team
Luton Borough Council
Town Hall, George Street, Luton LU1 2BQ
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_____________________________________________
From: Kuldip Hussain
[[6]mailto:[FOI #525836 email]]
Sent: 11 October 2018 22:56
To: LBC Freedom of Information
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Foster carer payments
 
 
 
Dear Luton Borough Council,
 
I wish to make a Freedom of Information request. I am aware that if I do
not receive a response within the statutory deadline I am entitled to
report Luton Borough Council to the ICO for failing to respond to my
request.
 
I am a Luton resident who is looking to become a foster carer. My request
is as follows:
 
What is the weekly payment given to foster carers for caring for a child?
Please include any age / disability related pay.
 
Please provide a breakdown of all types of allowances provided to foster
carers i.e money for clothes, festivals etc..
 
Does the council provide the looked after children with “pocket money?” If
so how much? If the answer is yes, how is this payment made? Directly to
the looked after child or the foster carer?
 
Are foster carers paid depending on the age of the child?
 
Does the local authority pay foster carers for young people over the age
of 18?
 
What is the minimum age someone can become a foster carer for the council?
 
Does an applicant have to be a homeowner?
 
Is their a salary requirement?
 
If someone wanted to become a foster carer for the council, how would they
go about doing it?
 
I look foward to receiving your response within the deadline.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
Kuldip Hussain
 
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