Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Children and Young People's Services
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
That the following revisions to fostering support allowances be approved for 2017-18:
• Payment Rates for NYCC Foster Carers (including Family & Friend Foster Carers, Short Break and Specialist Short Break Carers and Staying Put arrangements) be increased by 1.6% (in line with the December 2016 rate of the Consumer Price Index) on the 2016/2017 Payment Rates.
• The Day Care rate of £5.76 per hour be increased to £6.00 per hour (to keep in line with 80% of the Living Wage being introduced in April 2017).
*PLEASE NOTE This decision was originally published on or near the date of the decision and so call in no longer applies. It has been re-published as part of the change in committee management system that we use.*
The Council is a member of the national charity Fostering Network who, in recent years, has published their recommended Payment Rates for Foster Carers which North Yorkshire has always adopted. Primarily due to the increasing differentials in housing costs across the country, the Fostering Network is no longer recommending Payment Rates and has instead issued guidance that allowances should be reviewed annually and adjusted to keep up with costs with at least the annual rate of inflation being applied. The Fostering Network does not indicate which would be their recommended or preferred measure of inflation.
North Yorkshire increased fostering payments by the rate of CPI in December 2015 and the proposal for 2017/18 payment rates uses the same methodology as in 2016/17 (ie December 2016 CIP rate of 1.6%).
Publication date: 17/05/2021
Date of decision: 07/03/2017