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Fostering Fees and Allowances

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Dear London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council,

This request is in relation to the borough's "in house" foster carers, the payments to them and support provided in carrying out their role.

Please provide:
1. a schedule of weekly fostering fees and allowances
2. a schedule of payments for enhanced placements if appropriate
3. a schedule of competency payments or similar
4. financial detail of any other financial support to foster carers such as Additional allowances for holidays, birthdays and festive celebrations
5. financial detail of any other Additional payment and benefits, based on the needs of individual children
6. financial detail of Time-limited retention payments if carers are not allocated a child
7. financial details of any referral fee(s) / schemes if foster carers recommend friends and family members who go on to become foster carers
8. Financial information on Bonuses in recognition of long service or suchlike.
9. Detail of financial schemes for mainstream / enhanced / specialist payments not listed above
10. Detail of support packages provided directly or commissioned by the local authority and available to foster carers to support them in their foster caring role
11. Current number of borough foster carers with which child(ren) are placed
12. Current number of registered borough foster carers with no child(ren) placed.
13. Detail on the last time rates to foster carers were reviewed / increased / decreased.

I appreciate it's a busy time so if any of the above is already in the public domain please forward a link to published reports / council decisions.

Yours faithfully,

Tony Ferrino

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council

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Information request
Our reference: 17529205

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Dear Mr Ferrino
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 15 October
2020 concerning the attached. 
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and we aim to send a response by 12 November 2020.
  
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
the case and advise you of your rights to request an internal review and
to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
Yours sincerely
 
FOI Team
 
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London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council

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Information request
Our reference: 17529205

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Dear Mr Ferrino
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 15 October 2020.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
FOI Team
 
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