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holiday88 Mon 06-May-13 20:25:36

just wondered what other people did for money when they are waiting for a new placement

Catfriend Thu 30-May-13 17:18:24

Lovesmileandlaugh what area are you fr

Catfriend Thu 30-May-13 17:19:06

From and are you with your LA if you don't mind me asking??

lovesmileandlaugh Thu 30-May-13 19:42:52

That is tough, and is seems unfair of your LA to put you in that position. There could be many reasons why you were unable to take a placement. How much are they paying? Ours make a payment to the family on top of the child's allowance of about £70 a week. It certainly is not enough for us to use to support our family.

Because I've reduced my hours at work, we had to show very clearly how we would manage on our reduced income. They were very strict in that they did not want us to rely on them for money.

I'm presuming you are single and don't have a partners income supporting the family by your posts, apologies if I'm wrong!

Catfriend Thu 30-May-13 19:57:01

Your correct lovesmileandlaugh I am single and I'm the only income in my house. If I don't have a placement I don't get any money from my LA. I only get CTC for my own daughter, but I can't rely on that as it isn't alot of money tbh. I'm just hoping it's not long till I get a phonesmile

lovesmileandlaugh Thu 30-May-13 20:13:01

How much do they pay when you have a placement? Is it enough to support you all? Ours wouldn't be!

Are they expecting you to top up with housing benefit/ council tax benefit and whatever else you could be entitled to? It sounds like you need some more specialised advice about what you can claim.

Our LA support the LAC, but only make a token payment for the foster family. It seems strange that they will be wholely supporting you and your DC too. I'm fairly sure you will be able to claim other benefits as the fostering allowance isn't considered income. Even if you get a placement tomorrow, I would still check out your position!

I hope you get it sorted! It is a scary position to be left in!

Catfriend Thu 30-May-13 22:53:53

Once I have a child in placement I will be able to get WTC and CTC. I've never looked into housing benefit before, I'm not sure if i would be eligible for it??!! What is the token payment??? And LAC???

lovesmileandlaugh Fri 31-May-13 04:40:24

Why can't you get the benefits before you have a child in placement? The advice you've been given is very different to what we were told. I'm not up to date with the benefits system, but they should be supporting you and your DD whilst SS support the foster child. You can't live on fresh air!!

Sorry, LAC is 'looked after child'.

Have you spoken to your SSW and made her aware that you've worked your notice and are ready and waiting? Do they know you don't have any other income at the moment?

Catfriend Fri 31-May-13 20:25:13

Hi lovesmileandlaugh my SSW is aware I have no income . I've looked into the money side more today, as I was getting abit worried with 'no income' got a meeting on Monday with my SSW to talk things over more in depth. I feel alot happier that I spole to yousmile

lovesmileandlaugh Sat 15-Jun-13 16:57:06

Hi Catfriend, was just wondering how things were going and if you've got sorted?

scarlet5tyger Sat 15-Jun-13 23:20:09

Hi Catfriend, I'm also a single carer. I have no children of my own so don't know much about child tax credit but was advised by the benefits agency when I started fostering that the best benefit to claim was Income Support. You are correct that you can't claim immediately if you give up work, but you can after about 6 weeks. This also entitles you automatically to council tax benefit and housing benefit. I wouldn't be able to continue fostering without it as my LA do not pay much above the basic cost of feeding a child.

I think income support will only cover you until the child you foster is 5 though, and you have to change to job seekers allowance if you're without a placement. This is a pain but I think it is changing shortly as the government has finally realised that a foster carer can't be expected to apply for jobs when they could be only waiting a couple of days before a new child is placed.

I hope this has helped slightly - and that it makes sense! I have a very cranky newborn at the moment and am suffering baby brain!

jojofun22 Mon 24-Jun-13 13:45:49

I foster for a agency and I'm hired by them, I get mine structured, basic, additional reimbursement and reward element, the 2nd is for clothing, treats, gifts to others etc. I pay tax on this but the tax allowance is quite generous. If I get two placements I can save quite a good amount to equal out when I dont have a placement. x

tomatojayne Tue 09-Jul-13 02:40:49

Hi catfriend... I became a fc in dec and waited a couple of months before getting my first placement. In this LA we only get the weekly allowance (for the child) if you have a child in place and so any other time you dont have income. I do infants so get the lowest amount, but its not enough to call an income, its barely enough to cover all the costs involved, going to meetings etc etc

I hope you get a call soon, I know how frustrating it can be waiting to hear, but it will happen :-)

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