Scotland fostering allowances - email your MSPs

Despite years of promises, Scotland is the only country in the UK not to have a national minimum fostering allowance.

Foster carers need the protection of a national minimum allowance to make sure they can provide for the children in their care. However, The Fostering Network’s 2019 State of Scotland’s Foster Care report showed that 60 per cent of foster carers do not feel their allowance meets the costs of looking after a child.

In 2016 the Scottish National Party was elected on a manifesto that promised to introduce a new national allowance for kinship care and foster care. The Government must now honour that commitment and bring Scotland into line with the rest of the UK.

Since then there has been a national review of care allowances, but a year on from the findings being published, there has been no progress. With every delay, the Government is relying on the goodwill of foster carers to make up the shortfall, which can be thousands of pounds a year.

The Scottish Government has a duty to look after every child in its care. However, Scotland’s children are being short-changed by a system that allows drastically different foster care allowances depending on where a child lives.

Please write to your MSPs asking them to contact the First Minister to urge her to fulfil her manifesto pledge and end this inequality.