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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.



Northern Ireland

Current Consultations – Northern Ireland

The Sub Group for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Children and Young People is consulting on a draft action plan to improve outcomes for BME children. This will contribute to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Children and Young People's Plan 2011-2014. Proposed actions include: ensuring that support and services are culturally aware; tackling racial bullying and harassment.

Further information download the PDF below:

Black and Minority Ethnic Children and Young People
Draft Action Plan

Deadline for responses is 2 April.

Andrew Hawthorne
Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership
Health and Social Care Board
12-22 Linenhall St.
Belfast
BT2 8BS

Telephone: 028 90553979 
Email: Andrew.hawthorne@hscni.net

Join our campaign for foster carers to be exempt from these changes

Join our campaign for foster carers to be exempt from these changes

If you are a foster carer and think that this change may adversely affect you then please contact us. FosterTalk will pass all of your responses to the Children’s Minister Edward Timpson who has pledged that he will discuss with the DWP what more can be done to support foster carers on this issue.


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