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Review and increase foster care allowances and tax exemptions

Submitted by Amanda Mogan-Wilson on Monday 17th October 2022

Published on Monday 24th October 2022

Current status: Open

Open until: Monday 24th April 2023

Current Signatures: 7,392
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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2 years ~ Child ~ crisis ~ England ~ Expected ~ Experienced ~ Foster ~ Government ~ Haven ~ INCREASE ~ level ~ mentalhealth ~ Tax ~ The Government ~ Years

Petition Action

Review and increase foster care allowances and tax exemptions

Petition Details

We want the Government to review and increase allowances paid to foster carers, and also tax exemption levels for foster carers, so they reflect the true cost of caring for a child.

Additional Information

FosterTalk's Cost of Living report shows:

- 43% of carers may leave fostering in the next 2 years
- 56% of carers haven’t received an uplift in allowances and those who have, 90% felt it doesn’t cover the cost of caring for a child
- 38% of carers have experienced mental health issues due to the crisis

The number of carers is declining and it’s expected there’ll be a deficit of around 25,000 foster care families by 2026 in England alone. The cost of living crisis is worsening the situation.

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