Staying Put funds allocated to English local authorities
Details of each LA's entitlement published
The Department for Education has allocated the first year of additional funding for Staying Put provision to local authorities in England, with further information on the subsequent two years of funding due to be released in February 2015.
The total funding allocation for local authorities amounts to £7.4million. The allocation is for LA expenditure lawfully incurred or to be incurred in respect of a young person aged 18 and their former foster carer to continue to live together in a 'Staying Put' arrangement, as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.
Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said:
"The allocation of this money will give local authorities the opportunity to put into place the plans that they have already developed and to offer the certainty to young people that they need.
"The funding allocated to local authorities is based on local councils reaching the levels of uptake that were achieved when similar arrangements were initially piloted. Our hope though, is that more young people choose to stay on – although that would make this current allocation of funds inadequate.
"Children's minister in England, Edward Timpson MP, has suggested that, should there be a higher uptake, he is prepared to ask for further funds in the next spending review. However, it is the responsibility of local authorities to show that the money is not enough, and our concern is that if they do not bring in the changes that are needed, then that case will not be made."
The allocation authority-by-authority is set out in a letter from Paul Kissack, the Director of Children's Social Care at the DfE.
- Foster care