Call for minimum allowance under Staying Put foster care initiative
Wednesday 7th June, 2017
Government must introduce a minimum allowance for foster carers looking after young people up to the age of 21, the National Association of Fostering Providers (NAFP) has said.
Under the Staying Put policy, which was made law through the Children and Families Act 2014, councils have a duty to support looked-after children who want to remain with their foster carer until they are 21.
But there have been concernsthe scheme is being hindered by a lack of funding from central government to enable councils to cover the additional cost.
A reportpublished by NAFP in December 2015 warned that the £40m additional government funding for councils to implement the scheme is not enough due to wider cuts across children’s services.
The organisation said a minimum payment is necessary as many carers are unable to afford to pay household bills or care for young people under the current funding arrangements.