Special guardianship financial support and assessment.

Cassie Felton made this Freedom of Information request to Gloucestershire County Council

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Dear Gloucestershire County Council,

Can you please provide me with the following information regarding
Special guardianship financial support and assessment.

1) Does the council follow the DfE method
of assessing Special guardianship allowance. If not please provide
information as to the method used.

2) What is the maximum payment for a child.

a) Pre school age
b) Primary school age
c) Secondary school age
d) Over 16

3) Is the maximum payment based on recommended core foster care
rates. If not what is the maximum payment based on.

4) Does special guardianship rise each year in line with the
increase in core fostering rates.

5) Is the financial assessment where children were previously LAC
different to the financial assessment for children who were not
LAC.

6) What deductions, if any, are made from Special guardianship
allowance, ie, Child benefit, Child tax credit.

7) If a carer is in receipt of Income support are any deductions
made from Special Guardianship allowance, ie, Child Benefit, Child
tax credit

8) Are Special guardianship allowances time limited. If so how long for.

9) How many special guardians in the authority are currently being financially supported

10) How many Child arrangement orders are currently being financially supported

11) How many friends and family, (connected persons) foster carers are in the authority.

Yours faithfully,

Cassie Felton

Gloucestershire CC, Gloucestershire County Council

Information request
Our reference: 12276995

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Dear ‎Sir/Madam‏
 
Request for Information (Reference: 12276995 )
 
Thank you for your request for information, received on 25 March 2019.
 
Request summary:
1) Does the council follow the DfE method of assessing Special
guardianship allowance. If not please provide information as to the method
used.
2) What is the maximum payment for a child.
a) Pre school age
b) Primary school age
c) Secondary school age
d) Over 16
3) Is the maximum payment based on recommended core foster care rates. If
not what is the maximum payment based on.
4) Does special guardianship rise each year in line with the increase in
core fostering rates.
5) Is the financial assessment where children were previously LAC
different to the financial assessment for children who were not LAC.
6) What deductions, if any, are made from Special guardianship allowance,
ie, Child benefit, Child tax credit.
7) If a carer is in receipt of Income support are any deductions made from
Special Guardianship allowance, ie, Child Benefit, Child tax credit
8) Are Special guardianship allowances time limited. If so how long for.
9) How many special guardians in the authority are currently being
financially supported
10) How many Child arrangement orders are currently being financially
supported
11) How many friends and family, (connected persons) foster carers are in
the authority.
 
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Information request
Our reference: 12276995

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Dear Ms Felton,
 
I am pleased to provide a response to your request for information,
received on 25 March 2019 :

1) Does the council follow the DfE method of assessing Special
guardianship allowance. If not please provide information as to the method
used.
2) What is the maximum payment for a child.
a) Pre school age
b) Primary school age
c) Secondary school age
d) Over 16
3) Is the maximum payment based on recommended core foster care rates. If
not what is the maximum payment based on.
4) Does special guardianship rise each year in line with the increase in
core fostering rates.
5) Is the financial assessment where children were previously LAC
different to the financial assessment for children who were not LAC.
6) What deductions, if any, are made from Special guardianship allowance,
ie, Child benefit, Child tax credit.
7) If a carer is in receipt of Income support are any deductions made from
Special Guardianship allowance, ie, Child Benefit, Child tax credit
8) Are Special guardianship allowances time limited. If so how long for.
9) How many special guardians in the authority are currently being
financially supported
10) How many Child arrangement orders are currently being financially
supported
11) How many friends and family, (connected persons) foster carers are in
the authority.

Please find this information attached.

Gloucestershire County Council has not withheld any information in
relation to this request under the exemptions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FoIA).

I will now close your request as of this date.

Yours faithfully
Amelia Banner
Information Requests Officer
Information Management Service

01452 324000

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