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RONA WELCOMES NEW CARE ALLOWANCE FOR FOSTER CARERS

SNP GOVERNMENT SUPPORTING VULNERABLE PEOPLE THROUGH COST OF LIVING CRISIS


Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Rona Mackay has welcomed the news that foster and kinship carers in East Dunbartonshire are set to receive a new minimum standard national allowance from the Scottish Government.


The Scottish Recommended Allowance, which was a key recommendation of The Promise - the Scottish Government’s pledge to care experienced young people - is a vital new payment that will ensure that foster and kinship carers can fully support the children and young people in their care.


The weekly allowance, which is backdated to April 1st 2023, will see eligible foster and kinship carers receive:

· 0 to 4 year-olds: £168.31

· 5 to 15 year-olds: £195.81

· 16 year-old and over: £268.41

With the SNP Government allocating £16 million to fund the Scottish Recommended Allowance, this payment will see over 9,000 young people across Scotland benefit.


The SNP MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden constituency said: “Foster and kinship carers in East Dunbartonshire perform a vital role supporting young people, often under very intense financial pressure. The introduction of this allowance will ensure all care-experienced young people can grow up without potentially missing out on any opportunities.


“This positive step from the SNP will have a direct and significant impact that will see thousands of families able to better support some of our most vulnerable young people.”


“At a time when many families are struggling with Westminster’s cost-of-living crisis, it is very welcome the SNP Scottish Government is focusing on the principles of equality, opportunity and community to ensure that all young people in our society are fully supported to reach their full potential."


Notes to editors:


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2023/24 LOCAL AUTHORITY SCOTTISH RECOMMENDED ALLOWANCEOR HIGHER

Weekly rate for 0-4 years

Weekly rate for 5-10 years

Weekly rate for 11-15 years

Weekly rate for 16-17 year

Aberdeen City

£168.31

£195.81

£195.81

£268.41

Aberdeenshire

£168.31

£195.81

£222.73

£271.04

Angus Council

£168.31

£195.81

£235.91

£287.00

Argyll & Bute

£300.51

£300.51

£360.60

£360.60

Clackmannanshire

£168.31

£195.81

£200.10

£268.41

Dumfries & Galloway

£168.31

£195.81

£195.81

£268.41

Dundee City

£168.31

£195.81

£206.25

£268.41

East Ayrshire

£168.31

£195.81

£232.40

£268.41

East Dunbartonshire

£168.31

£195.81

£195.81

£268.41

East Lothian

£168.31

£195.81

£195.81

£268.41

East Renfrewshire

£168.31

£195.81

£207.60

£268.41

Edinburgh

£168.31

£195.81

£195.81

£268.41

Eilean Siar/ Western Isles

£168.31

£195.81

£209.00

£268.41

Falkirk

£168.31

£195.81

£195.81

£268.41

Fife

£168.31

£195.81

£195.81

£268.41

Glasgow City

£168.31

£195.81

£195.81

£268.41

Highland Council

£168.31

£195.81

£200.00

£268.41

Inverclyde

£168.31

£195.81

£195.81

£268.41

Midlothian

£168.31

£195.81

£195.81

£268.41

Moray

£168.31

£195.81

£202.58

£268.41

North Ayrshire

£200.00

£200.00

£200.00

£268.41

North Lanarkshire

£168.31

£195.81

£202.51

£268.41

Orkney Islands

£168.31

£195.81

£202.58

£268.41

Perth & Kinross

£168.31

£195.81

£196.40

£268.41

Renfrewshire

£168.31

£195.81

£195.81

£268.41

Scottish Borders

£168.31

£195.81

£225.21

£268.41

Shetland Islands

£168.31

£195.81

£205.62

£268.41

South Ayrshire

£168.31

£201.00

£201.00

£268.41

South Lanarkshire

£168.31

£195.81

£197.56

£268.41

Stirling

£168.31

£195.81

£204.11

£268.41

West Dunbartonshire

£168.31

£195.81

£213.25

£268.41

West Lothian

£168.31

£195.81

£197.61

£268.41

RED = currently paying more than new Scottish Recommended Allowance rate


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