Support package revealed in bid to encourage more foster carers
- Credit: Ken Mears
A package designed to encourage more people to become foster carers and look after the borough's most vulnerable children has been unveiled.
Havering Council revealed the package of benefits aimed at making fostering more appealing at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, July 7.
Within the increased support, which is being provided to existing in-house and new foster carers living in Havering, will be benefits such as more financial support, council tax exemption and complimentary access to the borough’s leisure centres.
The package also includes free green bin collections, free car parking in a selection of parking spaces, more training and additional round-the-clock support.
It is hoped that the benefits will increase the “quality” and “number” of interested foster carers while also reducing the cost spent on using outside agencies to find carers, according to the council.
You may also want to watch:
Havering’s cabinet member for children, education and families, Cllr Robert Benham said: “Foster carers play a vital role in our borough, but there is a desperate shortage of people coming forward to look after children in care.”
- 1 Police investigating 'unexplained' death in Collier Row
- 2 Reward offered to help find iconic Noak Hill Laurel and Hardy statues
- 3 Housing in Havering: Major developments set to come to the borough
- 4 Two men stabbed after fight reported outside Romford nightclub
- 5 Pooches delight as new dog-friendly playground opens at Collier Row pub
- 6 Plan agreed to tackle persistent flooding in Abbs Cross Lane
- 7 Apology issued after council error sees pupils' fee multiplied by 100
- 8 New Home Bargains store to open in Romford
- 9 Polling places review underway ahead of 2022 ward increase
- 10 Secondary schools in Havering rated outstanding by Ofsted