Issue - decisions

10/04/2024 - Fostering Allowance Uplift 23/24 and 24/25

RESOLVED

 

(a) that the standard fostering allowance for 16–17-year-olds increases by 7.49% (in line with the DfE National Minimum Rates) and all other standard fostering allowances for children aged 0-15 years be increased by 6.33% from 3rd April 2023;

 

(b) that a 5.92% increase in the foster carer fee (previously linked to attendance at support groups and training) from 3rd April 2023, be agreed;

 

(c) that the standard fostering allowance for 16–17-year-olds increases by 6.88% (in line with the DfE National Minimum Rates) and the standard fostering allowances for children aged 0-15 increases by 3% from 1st April 2024;

 

(d) that a 3% increase to the foster carer fee from 1st April 2024 be agreed; and

 

(e) note that the impact of these increases in the fostering allowances, backdated to April 2023, will increase the Children’s Services Outturn by £690,000, compared to the Month 10 forecast.