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FOSTERING IN ENGLAND – INQUIRY COMMONS EDUCATION COMMITTEE – SUBMISSIONS 25TH NOVEMBER 2016

The Education Committee announced this inquiry at a time when the number of looked after children was higher than at any point since 1985. The Committee invites written submissions addressing points including: the recruitment and retention of foster carers and the capacity of the fostering system; stability of foster care placements; the role of the voluntary and independent care providers and their relationship and cooperation with local authorities; the foster care market, including the cost of commissioning services; the sufficiency of current recognition, support and recompense given to foster carers; foster care for young people with specific or challenging needs and its relationship with residential care; the involvement of young people in their care, including their role in decision making; and what the Government should consider in its stock take of foster care.

Full details here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commonsselect/education-committee/news-parliament-2015/fostering-launch-16-17/

UNIVERSAL CREDIT AND CHILD TAX CREDIT: EXCEPTIONS TO THE 2 CHILD LIMIT – CONSULTATION DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS AND HM REVENUE AND CUSTOMS – CLOSES 27TH NOVEMBER 2016

From 6th April 2017 the individual Child Element of Child Tax Credit and the Child Element of Universal Credit will no longer be awarded for third and subsequent children born on or after 6th April 2017. The limit will also apply to all third or subsequent children or qualifying young persons for first time Universal Credit claims after that date.

Four exceptions are proposed, a third or subsequent child who is:

• part of a multiple birth where there were previously fewer than two children in the household

• living long term with family or friends because they are unable to live with their parents and could otherwise be at risk of entering the care system

• born as a result of rape

• part of a sibling group adoption where there were previously fewer than two children in the household

This consultation seeks evidence and views to inform the design of the exceptions and their implementation. The government is keen to hear views for all parties with relevant knowledge or experience, including charities and support groups, medical, health, social work and education professionals and affected individuals.

Full details here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/universal-credit-and-childtax-credit-exceptions-to-the-2-child-limit