Doncaster Council is planning to increase the allowance foster carers receive so more children in the social care system can be looked after closer to home.
New documents show social care bosses are set to invest £840,000 in order to ‘improve the in-house offer and reduce the dependency on high cost independent foster care provision’.
Level one foster carers would now receive £100 – from zero while level two foster carers would get a basic allowance of between £16 to £63 per week. The figure increases the older the child is.
All level two families looking after children from under age one to 16 plus would also receive £150 per week per ‘additional skills element per child’.
Level three foster carers would get a basic allowance of between £118 to £267 per week with an extra £267 per week for ‘additional skills element per child’.
The council is also looking at bringing in a level four tier which would result in payments of £300 per week per child.