Foster carers in North Yorkshire are to be given an increase in their allowances for the second time this year to help counter the spiralling cost of living.
North Yorkshire County Council have said ‘We have announced that we have taken the decision to introduce the rise in fostering allowances amid concerns over the rapid rise in costs such as energy prices as well as food and essential items.
The annual allowances will be increased by a further four per cent from 1 October, coinciding with the rise in energy bills nationally.
The increase from the start of next month comes in the wake of an initial 5.4 per cent rise in allowances for North Yorkshire’s foster carers that was instigated earlier this year from April 1.
It is understood that this is the first time that a second increase in allowances has been introduced in North Yorkshire within a 12-month period.
It is hoped that the move will ensure current foster carers can continue to provide vital support for hundreds of children across the county, as well as encouraging new recruits to sign up.’