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Foster carers in Preston and Lancashire to receive an extra payment for pandemic efforts

Posted on - 14th February, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News

Lancashire County Council’s foster carers are to receive a ‘thank you’ surprise extra payment in recognition of the vital support they have been giving children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic.

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An amount of £100 will be given to foster carers for each child they were caring for during the pandemic.

Leaders at the county council have recognised the incredible commitment shown by foster carers during the pandemic as they continue to help children cope with additional anxiety, take on home schooling, and provide extra activities at home, as well as offering reassurance and support during the lockdown.

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County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “I’d like to say how deeply grateful we are to all our foster carers, whose continued support is more important than ever at the moment.

“The changes to all our lives due to the current pandemic mean that many carers have been offering more support than usual to the children and young people they look after.

“We are all in unchartered territory, but our foster carers certainly rose to the challenge as they found themselves providing even more support, including home-schooling in some cases.

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“I want them to know that we are extremely thankful, and recognise the enormous contribution they are making.

“Giving them this additional payment for all the great work they do is a gesture of our heartfelt gratitude to them, especially during these unprecedented times.”

Edwina Grant OBE, Lancashire County Council’s executive director for education and children’s services, said: “I hope that this financial gesture to address some of the additional costs arising out of the pandemic shows our foster carers just how much we value them, and the incredibly important job that they do.

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“I would also like to offer my personal thank you to our incredible foster carers, and remind them that we are right behind them, and here for them should they need any support and advice.”

The additional payment will be allocated from the Winter Grant Fund that was received by the county council from the government in December 2020.

The fund is aimed at families eligible for benefit related free school meals, vulnerable families with pre-school children and other vulnerable families, including those caring for looked after children.

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It is set to run until the end of March 2021.

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