Monthly Archives: April 2013

Kinship carers are living in poverty

Kinship carers ‘unable to afford basic necessities’

Parent walking with two children The report found carers generally prioritized the children’s needs over their own

About a third of relatives looking after children because their parents are no longer able to can afford to provide basic items, a study has found.

The report, by children’s charity Buttle UK, looked at 80 children who are looked after by family members outside of child welfare agencies.

Only 31% of families could provide all eight basic essential items, like heating and warm clothes.

Each child raised in kinship care saves the taxpayer up to £56,000 a year.

The report is the second of a two-part study into kinship care carried out by Buttle UK and the University of Bristol.

Help for carers and other residents to keep warm in North Norfolk

Almost 2,000 north Norfolk households are set for a spring cut to their electricity and gas bills, having signed up for a pioneering scheme.   Across the district, 2,796 homes registered with Big Switch and Save, with 71pc expected to save money.

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‘A big day for welfare reform,’ David Cameron hails new benefits cap

DAVID Cameron has said it is “amazing” that Labour opposes a new policy cap on the amount of benefits people can receive, as a trial began in parts of the capital today.

  David Cameron said it was a ‘big day for benefits reform’ as the cap was imposed
The cap, being introduced in the four London boroughs of Croydon, Bromley, Haringey and Enfield, will see couples and single parents receive no more than £500 a week in benefits.The limit for single people is £350, though there are some exemptions.