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Housing Benefit: Foster Care

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th February 2020.

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Photo of Sarah Owen Sarah Owen Labour, Luton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many foster carers are subject to the spare room subsidy in England and Wales.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Removal of the Spare Subsidy (RSRS) policy allows one additional bedroom for approved foster carers, who have a child placed with them or are between placements. This is provided the period in which they don’t have a child or young person placed with them does not exceed 12 months.

Information on how many foster cares are subject to the spare room subsidy in England and Wales is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

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