FOI Request Foster Care Financial Information

Request 101001503476

1. Who, within the Local Authority, has commissioning responsibility for fostering placements for Looked After Children? Please provide the following:
a. Name
b. Job title
c. Direct phone number
e. Email address.
2. Please provide a list of preferred independent fostering agencies. By ‘preferred’ we mean those agencies that would be considered and chosen for placements on a preferential basis by the council.
3. Please provide the following fee related information:
a. The current 2017/18 fee for foster parents (i.e. the pay foster parent would receive)
b. The current 2017/18 amount given for basic fostering allowances.
4. Please provide the following information related to Fostering placements for Looked After Children. Please provide actual figures for years 2013/14 to 2016/17, as well as predicted figures for 2017/18.
a. The number of children cared for by a foster carer provided by the Council
b. The number of children cared for by a foster carer arranged through an independent fostering agency
5. What is the gross total expenditure on fostering services for Looked After Children? Please provide actual figures for financial years 2013/14 to 2016/17, as well as budgeted expenditure for 2017/18.

Response 02-06-2017

1. a. Name Jennifer Gordon

b. Job title Corporate Parenting and Commissioning Manager

c. Direct phone number 01343 563553 | 07971 882944

d. Email addressjennifer.gordon@moray.gov.uk

2. – We use the SXL contract in the first instance – and other providers if that national contract can’t meet needs/ matching considerations

3. – The current 2017/18 fee for foster parents (i.e. the pay foster parent would receive)    Level 1 £85.11; Level 2 £141.85; Level £198.62  b. The current 2017/18 amount given for basic fostering allowances 0-4 £142.86;5-10 £162.73; 11-15 £202.58; 16+ £246.44

4. 

Reporting Year No. of Children during year
13-14 111 = 90 LA fc carer and 21 purchased in fc
14-15 101 = 84 LA fc carers and 17 purchased in fc
15-16 101 = 80 LA fc carers and 21 purchased in fc
16-17 127 = 94 LA fc carers and 33 purchased in fc
Projected 17-18 119 = 94 LA fc carers and 25 purchased in fc

5.                                                                                                        Actuals                                                                                                 Budgeted

                                                                                                 2013/14              2014/15                  2015/16                  2016/17                 2017/18

Total Expenditure Council Provided Foster Care Services         £2,380,357              £2,359,739              £2,336,942              £2,403,907              £2,517,688                                                  

Total Expenditure Independent Fostering Agencies                     £923,679                £987,328                £1,199,696              £1,476,096              £1,211,570

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