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Financial support for family and friends carers (kinship carers)

Date:29 OCT 2021
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The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper explaining what help is available for grandparents/other family and friends carers (also known as kinship carers) looking after children where their parents are not in a position to do so.
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There are a number of different types of arrangement for family and friends care, including: private arrangements (both statutory and non-statutory), family and friends local authority foster care, child arrangement orders and special guardianship orders.

Financial help may be available for family and friends carers from local authorities and/or the social security/tax credits systems. Eligibility for assistance may depend upon the legal basis of the care arrangement and financial assistance may be means-tested.

You can read the briefing paper here.