Fostering Allowances 2023/24

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The Fostering Network

Dear Birmingham City 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

Birmingham City Council

 
 
 
 
Information request
Our reference: 53412345
Your reference: [FOI #970215 email]

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Dear Ms Network
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 11 April
2023 concerning Dear Birmingham City 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.
 
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Information request
Our reference: 53412345
Your reference: [FOI #970215 email]

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Dear Fostering Network
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 11 April 2023.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Kully Dhaliwal
Disclosure Officer
Birmingham Childrens Trust

 
 
 
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