Payments to Foster Parents and Supported Lodging Providers

Avril Williams made this Freedom of Information request to Doncaster Borough Council

The request was partially successful.

Dear Doncaster Borough Council,

FIRST. Please can you quantify your Council's expenditure during the financial year 2010-2011 on EACH of the following items, (i.e SEPARATELY). Please include Payments made via Agencies, as well as Payments made direct, but do NOT include Agency Fees'. Please do NOT just send me a breakdown of the Council's total expenditure - because each of England and Wales 174 County, County Borough, Metropolitan Borough and Unitary Authoriities HAS ITS OWN SYSTEM - with 'categories' which can be totally meaningless to outsiders.

1. Foster Child Maintenance, Holiday, Birthday, Christmas, Initial Clothing, School Uniform, Education/Activities, Disability, Cultural, Dietary, Life Story Book, Hospital Gift, Additional Heating, Exceptional Wear and Tear, and all other Allowances paid by your particular Council

2. Foster Parent and Supported Lodging Provider Fees, (various aliases), Enhancements, Bonuses, Disturbance Allowances and all other Allowances paid by your particular Council.

3. Grants to Foster Parents and Supported Lodging Providers for Furniture, Equipment, House Extensions, Bigger Cars, etc.

4. Foster Parent and Supported Lodging Provider Expenses, eg, Mileage, Public Transport Fares, Babysitters, Education Course/Exam Fees, Telephone Costs, Computer, Software and Internet Costs, Entertaining Foster Children's Family and Friends, Prospective Adoptive Parents etc.

(Above lists based on information received during a past survey)

SECOND. How many Foster Parent and Support Lodging Provider
households were involved?

THIRD. What percentage of their Incomes does your Council expect over 16 year old Foster Children to give Foster Parents and Supported Lodging Providers towards their Board and Lodge, when -

1. They are in receipt of Job Seeker's Allowance

2. They are in paid employment.

FOURTH. At what age must Foster Children under your Council's jurisdiction take full financial responsibility for their own upkeep because the Care Order has expired and the Council no longer contributes to their Maintenance? 18? Or older?

Yours faithfully,

A Williams

Freedom of Information Requests, Doncaster Borough Council

Dear Ms Williams

Re: Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request dated 11th July 2011 for information.

Your request has been passed to the Childrens and Young Peoples Services department. They will endeavour to search for any information held to provide you with a response as soon as is possible within 20 working days and in any case by the 08.08.11. If a time extension is required you will be contacted accordingly.

If you have any queries about this matter please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Rebecca McMahon
Freedom of Information Team
Doncaster Council
Customer Services & ICT
Finance & Corporate Services
Tel: 01302 736678
Fax: 01302 737510
Address:
Performance Team
The Council House
Floor 2
College Road
Doncaster
DN1 3DA

Email: [email address]

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Dear Mr Williams,

Please find attached the Councils response to your Freedom of Information
request dated 11 July 2011.

Yours sincerely

Dawn Wilson

Communications Officer

Commissioning and Performance

Children and Young People's Service

Doncaster Council

Council House

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Dear Freedom of Information Requests,

FIRST, I would congratulate you on your efficient accountancy system. Some Councils have systems where information is easily retrievable', others don't.

SECOND, what happens when over 18 year olds 'stay put'?

1. Does your Council pay the Foster Parents fees? (i.e do they become Supported Lodging Providers?

If so, how much does it pay them.

2. If the youngsters are unemployed does your Council contribute towards their maintenance until they reach the age of 21?

If so, how much?

3. Foster Child Maintenance Allowances arw high. (I've researched over 90 Councils' rates). If Former Foster Children 'staying put' are in poorly paid jobs, does your Council subsidise their board and lodging?

If so, up to how much?

THIRD, If former Foster Children stay put whilst progressing to University -

1.Does your Council pay their former Foster Parents/ now Lodging Providers fees?

If so, how much

2. How much do you contribute towards these youngsters upkeep/pocket money?

3. Does the Council pay their university fees, book costs etc?

Yours sincerely,

A Williams, (BA)

Freedom of Information Requests, Doncaster Borough Council

Dear Ms Williams

Re: Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request dated 17th August 2011 for information.

Your request has been passed to the Children and Young Peoples Services department. They will endeavour to search for any information held to provide you with a response as soon as is possible within 20 working days and in any case by the 15th September 2011. If a time extension is required you will be contacted accordingly.

If you have any queries about this matter please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Rebecca McMahon
Freedom of Information Team
Doncaster Council
Customer Services & ICT
Finance & Corporate Services
Tel: 01302 736678
Fax: 01302 737510
Address:
Performance Team
The Council House
Floor 2
College Road
Doncaster
DN1 3DA

Email: [email address]

N.B. Your name address and details of your information request will be recorded and held by Doncaster Council for monitoring and statistical purposes.

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Dear Ms Williams,

Please find attached the Councils response to your Freedom of Information
request dated 17 August 2011.

Yours sincerely

Dawn Wilson

Communications Officer

Commissioning and Performance

Children and Young People's Service

Doncaster Council

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Dear Freedom of Information Requests,

What are 'catch' payments?

Yours sincerely,

A Williams

Dear Freedom of Information Requests,

Re your reply to my question about whether the Council f1nancially subsidises over 18 year old former foster children who 'stay put' and are in poorly paid jobs.

RESPONSE -

Yes, if the job is poorly paid and after deductions for essential costs such as rent, the young person is worse off than if they were receiving state benefits, an allowance is paid that covers the difference, so as to ensure no young person is effectively penalised for taking on a poorly paid job.

Please can you specify all the things that you include in 'Essential Costs'?

Yours sincerely,

A Williams

Freedom of Information Requests, Doncaster Borough Council

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Dear Ms Avril Williams,

 

Please find attached the Councils response to your follow up questions
dated 30 September and the 4 October 2011.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Dawn Wilson

Communications Officer

Commissioning and Performance

Children and Young People's Service

Doncaster Council

Council House

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Dear Freedom of Information Requests,

FIRST, in response to my original question you stated that your Council's expenditure on FOSTER CHILD MAINTENANCE, (during the financial year 2010-2011) was £1,584,329 but you DIDN'T give me a figure of your expenditure on IN-HOUSE FOSTER PARENT FEES.

If the £1,584,329 covers BOTH elements, please can you subdivide it. If it DOESN'T include Foster Parent FEES - what was the Council's expenditure on these.

SECOND, whilst people in receipt of state benefit get their rent and council tax paid THEY HAVE TO PAY FOR WATER RATES, FUEL ETC OUT OF THEIR BENEFIT.

Consequently the anount that they are left with AFTER paying these WILL be LESS than their total allowance.

Yours sincerely,

A Williams,

Freedom of Information Requests, Doncaster Borough Council

Dear Ms Williams

The officer who dealt with your request is on annual leave until Monday 24th October 2011. We will endeavour to answer your questions on her return. I am sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Kind Regards

Rebecca McMahon
Freedom of Information Team

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Freedom of Information Requests, Doncaster Borough Council

Dear Ms Williams

The officer who dealt with your request is on annual leave until Monday 24th October 2011. We will endeavour to answer your questions on her return. I am sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Kind Regards

Rebecca McMahon
Freedom of Information Team

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Freedom of Information Requests, Doncaster Borough Council

Dear Ms Williams

Re: Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request dated 18th October 2011 for information.

I am contacting you to advise that your latest enquiry has been recorded as a new request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your request Has been recorded from the date of receipt, and you can expect to receive a response as soon as is possible, and in any case by 15th November 2011.

If you have any queries about this matter please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Rebecca McMahon
Freedom of Information Team
Doncaster Council
Customer Services & ICT
Finance & Corporate Services
Tel: 01302 736678
Fax: 01302 737510
Address:
Performance Team
The Council House
Floor 2
College Road
Doncaster
DN1 3DA

Email: [email address]

N.B. Your name address and details of your information request will be recorded and held by Doncaster Council for monitoring and statistical purposes.

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Dear Ms Williams,

 

Please find attached the Councils response to your Freedom of Information
request dated 18 October 2011.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Dawn Wilson

Communications Officer

Commissioning and Performance

Children and Young People's Service

Doncaster Council

Council House

 

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Dear Freedom of Information Requests,

FIRST. Foster Parents receive -

1. Foster Child Maintenance and other Allowances. This money is supposed to be spent on the Foster Children. Your Council's rates for the financial year 2010-2011 ranged from £125.09 - £215.76/week, in line with the National Fostering network's recommended rates.

2. Foster PARENT Fees. This money is the self-employed equivalent of PAY. One Government Department calls it PROFIT. Your Council's rates for the financial year 2012-2011 were £25/household at level 1, £100/household at level 2 and £350/household at level 3.

Am I correct in believing that your Council can't separate its total expenditure on each of these?

SECOND. You've MISINTERPRETED my statement that EVERYTHING, except rent and tax credit, had to be paid State Benefit, (£53.45 for an under 25 year old' £67.50 for an over 25 year old).

I was referring to your statement that you subsidised former foster children who 'stayed put' if they were in poorly paid jobs. Quote -

'Yes, if the job is poorly paid and after deductions for essential costs such as rent, the young person is worse off than if they were receiving state benefits, an allowance is paid'

In 'care' Foster Children receive very generous allowances for clothes, leisure activities, travel, pocket money and saving. The 'pathways plan' will fail because it doesn't think about how these youngsters will cope if, like a lot of other ordinary people, they have to pay for EVERYTHING except, rent and council tax, out of state benefit or low wages, once Councils stop funding them, be this at 18, 21 or 25.

Yours sincerely,

A Williams

Freedom of Information Requests, Doncaster Borough Council

Dear Avril

Thank you for your email I will contact the FOI lead officer for children's services and respond to you appropriately on the near future.

Yours sincerely

Jennifer Ball
Freedom of Information Officer
Doncaster Council
Customer Services & ICT 
Finance & Corporate Services 
Performance Team
The Council House
College Road
Doncaster
DN1 3DA
Tel: 01302 737644
Fax: 01302 737510
[email address]

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Freedom of Information Requests, Doncaster Borough Council

Dear Ms Williams

Thank you for your email dated 17 November 2011. In order to resolve your concerns around this matter it would be more appropriate for you to speak to the service area directly. If your request is dealt with in this way rather than as a Freedom of Information request this will enable us to address any concerns or issues you may have in relation to this matter.

We would be grateful if you could either provide us with a telephone number so that the Service Manager may contact you directly or you can contact the Service Manager directly on the telephone number below.

Tim Clayton
Service Manager,
Fostering and Adoption,
Tel 01302 862519

I would be grateful if you could advise how you would like to proceed.

Kind Regards

Dawn Wilson
Communications Officer
Commissioning and Performance
Children and Young People's Service
Doncaster Council
Council House

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