Fostering: Rotherham Council plans to boost fees for carers


Fees and allowances paid to foster carers in Rotherham look set to rise.

The council plans to boost payments from 50% to 100% for those caring for more than two children, in a bid to increase fostering in the town.

A report to the authority, which is due to discuss the proposals at a meeting on 17 October, says Rotherham has a shortage of foster placements.

Councillor Victoria Cusworth said more foster carers needed to be recruited and retained.

According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS), 79% of the 542 children in care in Rotherham are being fostered.

The increase in fees would be based on skill levels, and would total £100 at level one, £125 at level two, £175 at level three and £360 at level four.

Carers’ mileage allowance will be increased from 40p to 45p per mile.

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Written by Catherine Turner