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This refers to a court decision which relates to how kinship foster carers should be paid. Kinship foster carers who are caring for a looked after child who has been placed with them by children’s services are entitled to be paid a fostering allowance at the same rate as other foster carers. For example, an aunt who gets approved as a foster carer for her niece should be paid at the same rate as an unrelated foster carer.
The judgment was given in the High Court in 2001. It found that Manchester City Council’s policy on kinship carers was discriminatory and unlawful. Their policy at the time involved them paying kinship foster carers a lower fostering allowance than unrelated foster carers.
Government guidance now states: