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Children’s Minister Edward Timpson MP has written to foster carers in England updating them on recent developments in foster care in England, and thanking them for their hard work throughout the last year.
The letter discusses the Government’s planned changes in law to allow young people to stay until they’re 21, which the Fostering Network tirelessly campaigned for with our Don’t Move Me campaign, with Edward Timpson MP writing: “Foster carers have said to us that they want to be able to support the young people they care for after they have reached 18. We have listened. The government has today laid an amendment to the Children and Families Bill, which places a new legal duty on local authorities to provide staying put arrangements.
"These arrangements are where a young person aged 18 leaves care, but continues to live with their former foster parents up to age 21. This duty will be supported by additional funding of £40m over the next three years to local authorities, which will mainly be passed to foster carers in the form of financial support.”
The letter further outlines how the Department for Education will soon be conducting surveys to assess the impact of the bedroom tax on foster carers throughout England.
Mr Timpson ends the letter by saying: “Foster carers can be a powerful force for change, both in the lives of the children they care for but also in the way their fostering service is run.”
Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, said of the letter: “We’re delighted on behalf of foster carers that the Minister has taken the time to congratulate them on their work over the last year.
"I would like to add my thanks because everyone at the Fostering Network knows what an incredible job foster carers do in supporting some of the most vulnerable children and young people in England, and indeed foster carers from right across the UK.”
You can read the full letter from the Children’s Minister here.