Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Children and Young People's Services
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To agree Payment Rates for NYCC Foster Carers
for the financial year 2022/23
1. That the 2022/23 Payment Rates for NYCC
Foster Carers (including Family & Friends Foster Carers, Short
Break and Specialist Short Break Carers and Staying Put
arrangements) be increased by 5.4% (in line with the December 2021
rate of CPI) of the 2021/22 Payment Rates.
2. That the Day Care rate of £7.13 per hour be increased to £7.60 per hour (to keep in line with 80% of the level of the National Living Wage being introduced in April 2022).
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.
Since December 2015 North Yorkshire has increased fostering payments by the rate of CPI each December.
Publication date: 09/03/2022
Date of decision: 08/03/2022
Effective from: 18/03/2022