There is an agreement between the Scottish Government and local authorities that certain kinship carers should get financial support at the same level as the local authority’s fostering allowance rate (not including fostering fees). The agreement covers:
Scottish Government guidance suggests that local authorities deduct any ‘child-related’ benefits to which the kinship carer is entitled, and that a foster carer would not get, from the amount of the allowance. For example, if a kinship carer gets the child element of universal credit, this would be deducted.
Each Local Authority should publish a revised Kinship and Fostering Allowances Policy which should include key details of entitlements, eligibility criteria, how it will be assessed, where more information can be found, where complaints can be made and any other relevant information.
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