Foster Care

Education and Skills written question – answered on 19th April 2004.

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart Labour, Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will increase payments to foster carers.

Photo of Margaret Hodge Margaret Hodge Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Children)

holding answer 1 April 2004

The National Minimum Standards for fostering services clearly require that: 'Each foster carer receives an allowance and agreed expenses, which cover the full cost of caring for each child or young person placed with him or her.' Additionally some foster carers may receive a fee payment.

The Choice Protects Programme is supported by a £113 million grant over three years. In 2004–05 this amounts to £30 million for local authorities. This money can be used to improve payments for foster carers.

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