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Local authorities to get £30m to speed up adoptions

Funding expected in Wednesday’s Budget

BBC News reports that in this week's budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, will pledge £30m to speed up the matching of adoptive parents and children in care in England. The money is intended to cover the £27,000 fee usually incurred in finding parents beyond an authority's own area.

The funding, to be included in Wednesday's Budget, will cover the usually incurred by authorities to find parents outside their local area.

George Osborne said:

"We cannot sit by when so many children are waiting so long to find a stable, loving home, particularly when there are parents out there who want to adopt. It just isn't good enough.

"So I want to do all I can to make sure that there are as few barriers as humanly possible between children in care and their new parents."

For the BBC News report please click here.