Foster care costs ‘horrific’ as allowance delay goes on

Some foster carers are experiencing “horrific” money issues as they continue to wait for extra financial support that was expected in April.


The Department of Health, which is responsible for allowances, said the delay was due to ongoing uncertainty this financial year.


An annual review and increase in line with inflation is required by UK national standards. One foster carer told BBC News NI that the costs, which included items such as school uniforms as well as activities and therapies to meet the wellbeing needs of the children, were “horrific”.


There are more than 3,000 foster care families in Northern Ireland, with an increase of about 1,000 children requiring care here in the last 10 years.


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