Friday, 19 February 2016

No council tax for foster carers

"Liverpool foster carers are to have their council tax waived under a new scheme planned by mayor Joe Anderson to encourage more recruits."

"The move which would save families more than £1,000 a year is intended to boost the numbers of carers and help the council drive down the cost of looking after children with no homes."

"The innovative move, which is set to come into effect from the new council tax year in April, is part of a range of incentives to try to recruit another 200-300 foster carers in the city."

"The council will also offer `lifestyle passes` giving foster carers free access to city gyms and other facilities, the Mayor said, in addition to an allowance to cover the costs of fostering."

"The move was welcomed by John Simmons from the adoption and fostering specialist childrens charity, Coram..." [Well, he would welcome the move. Coram is part of the industry.]

"Mayor Anderson said potential foster carers will undergo full and proper checks and will receive training from the council before they can look after children..."

"In 2014, the council introduced the Payment for Skillsscheme giving the citys team of 300 foster carers a professional fee of up to £444 per week. That money was in addition to weekly age-related allowances of up to £203.75 per child."

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