Decision details

*Re-published: call-in no longer applies* Proposal for living allowance payment changes for eligible children under Leaving Care Act 2000

Decision Maker: Chief Executive Officer

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


After consideration of a report of the Corporate Director Children and Young People’s Service regarding proposals to approve changes to living allowance payments for eligible children under the Leaving Care Act 2000, and after consultation with Executive Members, the Chief Executive Officer agreed the proposed increased amounts for implementation with effect from week commencing 6 April 2020.

Reasons for the decision:

*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.*

Decision taken by Richard Flinton, Chief Executive Officer, under his emergency delegated powers and in consultation with Executive Members.

The Council has a duty under the Leaving Care Act 2000 to ensure young people aged 16 and 17 who are looked after or relevant do not claim benefit from the DWP but are paid no less than the equivalent benefit amount. Since May 2015 the Council has paid the benefit amount of £57.90 plus an additional £5 a week making a total of £62.90. In the recent budgets, the Government has increased the benefit to £79.10. As such, the proposal was that the amount paid by the Council be set at £80.00.

Publication date: 28/04/2021

Date of decision: 31/03/2020