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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-20413
Asked by: Elaine Smith, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 6 December 2018

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made on standardising foster care allowances across all local authorities.

Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 20 December 2018


Answer

In November 2017, the Scottish Government established the National Review of Care Allowances to carry out a review of allowances for foster and kinship carers. The group published its report on 14 September, together with a recommendation that the Scottish Government and CoSLA should consider the introduction of a Scottish Recommended Allowance.

The Scottish Government welcomes the recommendations of the group and is keen to reduce the discrepancies in the reported levels of allowances paid to foster and kinship carers across Scotland. We are currently in discussions with CoSLA and plan to publish a joint response to the recommendations soon.