Senior councillors in Leeds are set to discuss an increase in pay for foster carers at a meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board next week (October 19).
The proposal is to boost weekly maintenance allowances paid to Leeds foster carers by 7% to help with the increasing costs of caring for a child during the cost-of-living crisis.
Members will also consider an increase of 5% for the fee element paid to foster carers. This amount differs based on the assessed and agreed skill level of the carer and the number of children they are looking after. The fee element of payment is often the primary source of income for fostering households.
If approved, these pay increases would be backdated to 1st April 2022