More cash for foster carers in North Lincolnshire as allowances rise

People, Health and Care
11:58, Wednesday, 29th May 2024

Foster carers are to receive a 6.88 per cent inflation-busting increase in the allowance they receive for giving a child or young person a loving, stable home when they need it most.

News of the increase comes after the fostering community has just celebrated Foster Care Fortnight across the region.

The above-inflation rise will ensure foster carers are not left out of pocket for the vital and valued work they do.

In North Lincolnshire, 98 per cent of children in foster care live with council-approved foster carers.

Extra money is available depending on the needs of the child, as well as high levels of support from the dedicated fostering team, which has made the council’s fostering service one of the best in the country.

The increase will mean the council will be spending £2.44 million on supporting our foster carers and helping care-experienced children and young people get the best possible start in life.

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children, families, and communities, said: “I am proud to say we are continuing to showcase our commitment not only to our children but also our foster carers with the increase in the allowance rates for foster carers.

“We understand our foster carers should not be financially disadvantaged by taking on this role and want to show our continued support for all their efforts.

“All of our foster carers are inspirational, and they work tirelessly to enable our children to stay in their local areas and to thrive and grow.”

Interested in joining a supportive and welcoming community and changing a child’s future by becoming a foster carer? To find out more and start your fostering journey, visit the fostering pages on our website, email fostering@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 297024.