Special guardianship financial support and assessment.

Cassie Felton made this Freedom of Information request to Middlesbrough Council

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Dear Middlesbrough 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

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Dear Ms Felton

 

REF NO: 014345  

 

I am writing to confirm that Middlesbrough Council has now completed its
search for the information you requested on 7 April 2019. 

 

In your request you asked for the following information:

 

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

 

Response: Yes

 

2) What is the maximum payment for a child?

 

a) Pre school age

b) Primary school age

c) Secondary school age

d) Over 16

 

Response: Please see attached policy

 

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

 

Response:  Yes

 

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

 

Response:  Yes as in line with fostering rates

 

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

 

Response: Please see attached policy

 

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

 

Response: Please see attached policy

 

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

 

Response: Please see attached policy

 

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

 

Response: Please see attached policy

 

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

 

Response: 42

 

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

 

Response:  4

 

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

Response:     Fully Approved Connected Person Foster Carers = 19

 

Temp Approved Connected Person Foster Carers = 12

 

If you have any queries about this response, please do not hesitate to
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[1][Middlesbrough Council request email]. Please remember to quote the reference number
shown above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled you may ask
for an internal review within 40 days of receipt of the response. You
should write to:-

Ann-Marie Johnstone

Governance & Information Manager

P.O. Box 500,

Civic Centre,

Middlesbrough.

TS1 9FT

 

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the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for an
independent review. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: -

 

Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

 

Steph Robson

Information Requests Coordinator

 

Finance, Governance and Support

Strategy, Information and Governance

Middlesbrough Council

P.O. Box 500
Civic Centre
Middlesbrough
TS1 9FT

Email:   [2][Middlesbrough Council request email]

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Dear foi,

Can you please clarify the following questions, the document provided does not give specific answers.

Q1. Please give the rates of the local authority max payments for children aged

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

Q6) please specify What deductions, if any, are made from Special guardianship
allowance, (this would be the final payment to the SG) ie, Child benefit, Child tax credit. This

Q7) If a carer is in receipt of Income support are any deductions
made from Special Guardianship allowance, (this would be the final payment to the SG) ie, Child Benefit, Child, tax credit

Yours sincerely,

Cassie Felton

foi, Middlesbrough Council

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concerning a request for information, please treat this email as an
acknowledgment of your request. A response will be provided within 20
working days of receipt.

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Request), a member of the team will contact you regarding making your
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Dear Ms Felton

I refer to your email received on 3rd May 2019, in relation to the response you received to your information request.

I have reopened the request and will contact you again shortly once the Service Area have provided further information.

Yours sincerely

Janette Anderson
Information Requests Officer

Strategy, Information and Governance
P.O. Box 500
Civic Centre
Middlesbrough
TS1 9FT

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Dear Ms Felton 

 

REF NO: 014345  

 

I refer to your query received on 3 May 2019, in which you stated:

 

Can you please clarify the following questions, the document provided does
not give specific answers.

 

Q1.  Please give the rates of the local authority max payments for
children aged

 

a) Pre school age 0 - 4

 

Response: £142.86

 

b) Primary school age 5 - 10

 

Response: £162.73

 

c) Secondary school age 11 - 15

 

Response:  £202.58

 

d) Over 16

 

Response:  £246.44

 

Q6) please specify What deductions, if any, are made from Special
guardianship

allowance, (this would be the final payment to the SG) ie, Child benefit,
Child tax credit.   This

 

Response: See policy.  It is all child related benefits apart from DLA
that is deducted

 

Q7) If a carer is in receipt of Income support are any deductions made
from Special Guardianship allowance, (this would be the final payment to
the SG) ie, Child Benefit, Child, tax credit

 

Response: See policy.  It is all child related benefits apart from DLA
that is deducted

 

If you have any queries about this response, please do not hesitate to
email [1][Middlesbrough Council request email]. Please remember to quote the reference
number shown above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled you may ask
for an internal review within 40 days of receipt of the response. You
should write to:-

Ann-Marie Johnstone

Governance & Information Manager

P.O. Box 500,

Civic Centre,

Middlesbrough.

TS1 9FT

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for an
independent review. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: -

 

Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

 

Steph Robson

Information Requests Coordinator

 

Finance, Governance and Support

Strategy, Information and Governance

Middlesbrough Council

P.O. Box 500
Civic Centre
Middlesbrough
TS1 9FT

Email:   [2][Middlesbrough Council request email]

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protected by UK laws and by international treaties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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