Verdict on pay for kinship carers in Midlothian

KINSHIP carers in Midlothian who look after a young family member without social work involvement will not automatically receive care payments, the council has ruled.

Grandparents and other extended family who care for children are paid a Relative Care Allowance at the same level as foster carers.

The payments are made only when the council is actively involved in placing a child with members of their extended family.

But members of local support group Grandparents Parenting Again and Kinship Carers believe government policy should include payment to all carers, whether involved with social work or not. They also want payments back-dated.

Councillors at last week’s full council meeting agreed to follow national guidelines, which makes no provision for payments where relatives have assumed responsibility themselves.

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