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Alternative carers and homestay providers for vulnerable children and young people are set to receive an extra £500 to help with the higher cost of living.

Cumbria County Council Enhancement Service announced today (24 January) that all alternative carers and homestay providers will receive a £500 grant this month to help with the rising cost of living.

The one-off payment – drawn from the Family Support Fund which the council runs on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions – is an extra boost that families would welcome amid rising food and energy costs.

All Cumbria County Council foster carers already receive a weekly fee and maintenance allowance for each child they foster; With newly approved carers receiving up to £301 per weekAll The child they are looking after, and experienced carers up to £506.

There is also an obligation to review the sponsor fee and child allowance in light of the continued increase in the cost of living later in the year prior to April 2023.

Cllr Anne Burns, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:“The positive difference that wonderful caregivers and homestay providers make to the lives of at-risk children and young people is of course invaluable, but it is important that we take every opportunity we can to show that we are valued.

“We realize these are exceptional times and that many of our carers have had to take on extra heating, food, travel and other costs in order to continue their vital role.

“I am proud and happy that we can make these payments to all of our carers and homestay providers at a time when family budgets are tighter than ever and the cost of living continues to rise and I hope it will go a long way towards helping ease the burden.”

If you have ever considered adoption, now is the right to apply. As a care service to the local authority, Cumbria County Council is a not for profit organization that puts children first and at the heart of everything we do.

If you adopt into council, you will be looking after a local child or young person, so that they can continue to live in Cumbria, close to their friends, school and everything that is important to them. In return you will receive an excellent package of wages, training and support throughout every step of your journey.

To find out more about Cumbria County Council adoption, visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/fostering or call 0303 33301216.

Cumbria County Council Booster Service announced today (24 January) that all alternative carers and homestay providers will receive a £500 grant this month to help with the rising cost of living.