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Foster and kinship carers recognised

Aberdeen City Council's Social Care and Wellbeing Committee has agreed to a variety of increases to fees and allowances paid to foster carers, adopters and kinship carers in the city.

The Committee unanimously agreed to a 5% increase for the kinship carers allowance and a 1% increase in the adoption and fostering allowance offered in the city.

The increase in fostering and adoption allowance is the first increase since 2009.

Convener of Social Care and Wellbeing Councillor Len Ironside said: "All our carers provide the city's children with a dedicated and committed service. They provide care and stability 24 hours a day, supporting many children who present complex and challenging behaviours.

"I am delighted that we can make this increase to support the carers who carry out such a vital service in the city. Often their contribution to caring for the city's children goes unnoticed but today we have been able to recognise the valuable contribution they play in promoting positive outcomes for the children they care for."

Director of Social Care and Wellbeing Fred McBride said the Council remained committed to closing the gap between kinship and foster carer allowances.

The increase in fees will cost an additional £42,264 and will be met within Social Care and Wellbeing's existing Children's Services budget.

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