Foster care pay is set to increase

Tony Corden.

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Doncaster’s foster carers are set to see the allowances they are paid increase, bosses at the council have announced.

The allowance paid to foster carers over the next year will rise with up to an additional £240 per year set to be available to carers.

Last year the borough saw 30 new foster carers come forward to look after children in their own homes on behalf of the local authority.

Allowances are designed to cover the cost of looking after a fostered child, and do not include any form of fee for the foster carer. Payments are made based on the age of the child being looked after and cover the cost of food, clothing, travel and other day-to-day expenses.

Councillor Tony Corden, cabinet member for children’s safeguarding said “We are extremely proud of our achievement last year of recruiting 30 new foster carers, in doing so reaching the very difficult target we set ourselves. It is important to us that we continue to provide our carers with all the support – both financial and emotional – they need to look after the children in their care.”

Log onto www.fosteringdoncaster.org for details.