Council picks up bill for foster carers' council tax

Hammersmith & Fulham Council will recognise the special contribution of foster carers by paying their council tax bills.

The decision to reward foster carers was announced today by H&F's Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Sue Macmillan.

"Foster carers provide an absolutely vital service for some of our most vulnerable children. We desperately need residents to care for children who, for many reasons, cannot live at home," said Cllr Macmillan.

"We wanted to show our deep gratitude and admiration for the work they do. This sign of our appreciation forms part of a broader strategy to attract more foster parents in the Borough to help give local children the best possible start to life."

Twenty one families in the borough who provide temporary homes for local children, plus any new carers recruited in future, will be paid an additional allowance equalling the amount of the council tax levied on their homes. The allowance will meet the cost of both the H&F and Greater London Authority elements of council tax.

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, please call 0800 169 3497 or visit our website at www.lbhf.gov.uk/fostering.

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