It has been announced that foster carers are to be exempted from the proposed housing benefit cuts due to commence in April. They will now be allowed an additional room as long as they have fostered a child or become a registered foster carer in the past 12 months.
FosterTalk is seeking further clarification on this from the Department for Work and Pensions and will provide further information as it becomes available.
The Department of Education in Northern Ireland has published consultation proposals on the policy of a one year deferral of the compulsory school starting age for children in exceptional circumstances. This could affect, among others, adopted and looked after children who are experiencing difficulties with developmental milestones. Education Minister John O'Dowd has urged everyone with an interest to have their say.
Further details of the proposals and how to respond are on the Deni.gov.uk website.
Closing date: 6 March 2015, 6pm
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