Kinship carers allowance

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CARERS who look after children from their extended family are to be paid an allowance in line with foster parents if councillors back the move next week.

A report to Dundee City Council’s social work and health committee makes the recommendation that Scottish Government cash for the scheme is topped up by a local contribution.

Ken Lynn committee convener said:  “Considering that in a full financial year it will cost the council just over £140,000 the significant difference it will make to people’s lives means it is well worthwhile doing.

“Kinship care is one of the most positive types of placement where children consistently report that they feel safe so it is only fair to recognise the contribution being made by the people who deliver this type of care.”

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) and the Scottish Government have recommended to councils that kinship carers should receive an allowance which when combined with state benefits brings them into line with foster carers.

If the committee agrees the move the council will use £357,502 of Scottish Government money topped up with its own contribution of £142,500 to pay the allowances in a full financial year.

Plans will then be made for financial assessments of kinship carers and any backdated payments from 1st October 2015 will be made to bring them in line with foster carers.

Foster carers in Dundee receive allowances based on a sliding scale of between £133.84 per week for children between birth and four years old to £230.01 for 16-18 year olds.

In the city there are 292 children currently being looked after by kinship carers.

The social work and health committee meets on Monday (November 23).

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