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Foster carers to get reduced Council Tax bills

Foster carers in Waltham Forest will be given up to 60 per cent off their Council Tax bill as part of a new rewards package for local people helping make a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable young people.



The Council’s Cabinet agreed new additions to the borough’s foster carer offer this week as part of a bid to recruit 70 new local foster carers over the next three years.



The changes will also see people who live outside of the borough but who foster a child from Waltham Forest receive a payment toward their Council Tax bill.



“At any one time there are around 300 children in the borough who desperately need a loving and stable home,” said Cllr Mark Rusling, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.



We’re encouraging would-be foster carers to sign up and reap the rewards of helping these children as part of our new ‘Become a Waltham Forest foster carer’ campaign.



“Not only will they be making a real difference to the life of a child, but by fostering with Waltham Forest Council they will receive a fantastic package that includes up to 60 per cent off their Council Tax, discounted access to the borough’s six leisure centres and 24/7 support.”



Foster carers also receive a fee and allowance for the child of up to £445 per week and access to a lifestyle hub which provides a variety of discounts off major brands and retailers, money off cinema tickets and concessions at major attractions, venues and places of interest.



As well as being given 24/7 dedicated social worker support so they always have someone to turn to should they ever need professional help, they also receive a range of training opportunities.



Martin and his wife Ann are new specialist foster carers who are currently caring for a young person from Waltham Forest.



Martin said: “We are not about ‘rescuing’ a child but guiding and seeing them grow into the best they can be. We understand that we all have a need for acceptance and love.”



“The best things about being a Waltham Forest foster carer are our dedicated supervising social worker and the training team. Both have been very supportive. They offer key advice and training to cover the professional standard you need.”



Another dedicated foster carer in Waltham Forest, Pauline, said: “All children in care need to live in a caring, sharing, safe, loving environment. They need role model adults and families that will take the time to ensure their needs are met.



“I would therefore encourage potential Foster carers to attend a Foster Carer Open Evening to interact with approved Foster carers to ensure you can offer your skills to the right age group.”



The Council is looking for carers from every walk of life. Age, marital status, ethnic background and sexuality are not barriers to fostering.



For more information and to register your interest visit www.fosteringwalthamforest.co.uk or phone 020 8496 3000.

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