The benefits system can be complicated and confusing. For busy foster carers, working out entitlements for themselves, birth children, and children they are looking after, can present added pressures. The clarity of the information and the user-friendly structure of this handbook will help readers to easily find what they are looking for. Rather than focus on each benefit or payment, this guide instead focuses on the different types of fostering, e.g. of looked after children, informal kinship placements, mother and baby placements and others, and then looks at the effects of fostering on all means-tested and other earning replacement benefits, including: whether extra benefit can be paid for the child; whether the fostering allowance will affect payment of the benefit; where fostering counts as work or not; other miscellaneous effects.
Each chapter has a Benefits Snapshot which presents the information at a glance.
This guide covers the following benefits, allowances, tax credits and other support: Income Support Housing Benefit Council Tax Benefit Jobseeker s Allowance Employment and Support Allowance Pension Credit Incapacity Benefit Child Benefit Guardian s Allowance Carer s Allowance Disability Living Allowance Child Trust Fund Education Maintenance Allowance Disabled Facilities Grant Exemption from Road Tax Motability Scheme Extra tax relief Child Tax Credit Working Tax Credit Council Tax carer s discount Council Tax disability reduction; and much more
Case scenarios are also presented which help to further illustrate entitlements to available financial help. The guide also has a comprehensive index which makes it easy to look up what you need. This guide will be useful to foster carers throughout the UK, although the legislation referred to with regards to the different types of fostering placements is that of England and Wales. This is an essential reference guide for foster carers, welfare rights officers and others advising on benefits.